We are used to deep snows and terrible weather in the Chicago area. This one had us *a bit* concerned (some predictions were that we might get 28" of snow!). We didn't get that much, but almost, and the blowing and drifting snow made huge hills and mountains. We had prepared for the worst (getting in food, purchasing extra shovels, propane cannisters for the space heater and wood for the fireplace in case we lost power). I also decided to buy a sled for Tyler in case there was some fun sledding to be had.