Ice storms and blizzards can snap power lines just as easily as any hurricane, spawning prolonged power outages during the darkest days of the year. You don’t have to look too hard to find someone who’s weathered a winter power outage. Just ask me. A few years ago, my family endured a 4-day power outage, turning my home into a walk-in freezer. When the power went out, so did our electric-powered blower. So even though we had a natural gas furnace, it was rendered useless during the height of the blizzard. One Hot Commodity During a blizzard blackout, you can’t just jump into your car and rent a backup generator. If you live in snow country – especially areas hit by wicked ice storms – you need to have a backup generator on site before the first snow flake falls. Be prepared and stay up and running during your next winter blackout.