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Unpredictable winter season creating dangerous winter conditions in areas unaccustomed to them

Posted On Fri, January 8, 2010

Following one of the snowier Decembers on record in many areas across the country, some states that rarely see winter weather are learning of the difficulty - and danger - that conditions can bring.

After a snowstorm recently left roads in Atlanta, Georgia icy for the morning commute last week, drivers who were not used to the wintery weather and how to deal with it ended up getting involved in a 30-car accident near the city's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

"I wanted to stay home today, but my boss never called me back, so I thought I should try to get in," said Beth Ament, 30, a resident who was near the accident fueling her car, told the Associated Press.

Residents of North Texas have also had to learn to stay safe during the colder-than-usual temperatures that ranged as low as 22 degrees with a wind chill of 8. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Red Cross had opened a slew of emergency shelters to assist homeless men and women who were ill equipped to face the cold and faced death.

Be it auto insurance to protect one's vehicle in the event of an accident, or health insurance in case unexpectedly cold weather takes a toll on one's health, consumers living in traditionally warm areas should adjust their coverage accordingly to make sure they are protected in the event of a cold weather blast this winter.

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