Winter storm warning: A very relevant guide to snow days

Snowmen were everywhere at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. The snowmen appeared outside the building, many holding signs demanding a price on carbon to save their “endangered species.”

Snowmen were everywhere at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. The snowmen appeared outside the building, many holding signs demanding a price on carbon to save their “endangered species.”

Annie Barker, Deseret News

Utah is about to be pummeled with several inches of snow, leaving many people stuck inside their homes.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of Utah. Residents can expect several inches of snow. Salt Lake City residents might even get nine to 13 inches on Tuesday night.

Tomorrow’s morning commute likely won’t be the best, which means many people will be working remote. A couple schools have already delayed or recommended professors move classes online ahead of the storm.

That’s where this enters in: a very relevant guide to snow days. If you want to enjoy a pleasant snow day, here are some tips.

Have fun while shoveling snow

It’s going to be snowing all day, so it’s probably best to stay inside. But there are some things that can’t be avoided. Shoveling, for example, will likely mean that you have to step outside. If your whole family can shovel snow together, turn it into a game with a certain number of shovels equaling a point. Winner gets to pick the evening movie.

Build a snowman

I know what I just said, but building a snowman is a classic activity that you don’t get to do very often. Go outside and build a snowman for a little while. Spend some time telling stories about the snowman. Then, go inside and drink some hot chocolate to regain some of the warmth that you lost.

Help a neighbor out

There’s likely someone around you who could benefit from some help. Whether that looks like shoveling their driveway (see above for a fun game to make the time go by faster) or dropping off a warm meal, it’s important to help people out when you can.

Make some soup

After you shovel snow in the morning and afternoon, chances are you’ll be cold to the bone. Plus snow days feel like lazy days. Even when you still are working, there’s something about a snowy day that causes many people to slow down. One of my favorite things to do on snow days is to gather all the vegetables that have seen better days and are on the brink of being bad but not quite there yet and make a soup with them, a good broth and some rice. This will help you use up some vegetables that may have gone bad and will also be a nice warm meal for you on the cold day.

Write some notes

When you are working remotely, you’ll likely spare some time on your commute. One thing that you can do with the extra time is write notes to your family members and even some friends. Give them the notes to express your love and appreciation for them. This is a great family activity as well.

Build a fort

Building a fort is a great family activity and your children will likely be happy for a while. Spend some time building the fort together and put some board games in it as well as books and other fun toys. Play together in the fort because after all, even the most simple of games is more fun in the fort.

Go on a mini-cleaning spree

This one doesn’t sound as fun, but it might be helpful. Wake up a little earlier than usual and quickly clean up your common areas like your kitchen and living room. Having a clean space may help you feel better as you spend all day inside.

Tell stories

There’s just something about telling stories on a snow day. Gather around a fire or around the kitchen table with a warm drink or a fun snow day treat and tell some stories. Tell stories of your family or people you admire. Ask your kids what their favorite stories and maybe read their favorite stories to them.

What else?

There are plenty of other things to do.

  1. Bake cookies.
  2. Bake bread.
  3. Do laundry.
  4. Do dishes.
  5. Paint.
  6. Draw pictures.
  7. Sing songs together.
  8. Watch a movie.
  9. Do a puzzle.
  10. Go sledding.

Whatever you choose to do on this upcoming snowy day, stay safe.