You northerners are kind of funny too. You think because you deal with snow all the time it is impossible for other areas to have a major weather event. States in the south do not prepare like the north. Honestly it is almost a waste to do so because parts of the south may get a serious winter storm once every ten years. Also snow fall totals do not show the effects of icing, which is common in the south due to the fact that most of the time it comes as rain, then sleet, then snow. You can get all the snow you want each year, but when your trying to drive on iced, untreated roads, the results are going to be the same in Maine or Georgia. Ive lived in several southern states, and now live in Colorado. As far as my safety, i would rather be in Colorado with a foot of powder than Alabama with two inches of a horrible ice/slush/snow sandwich on the roads.