I lived through the ice storm of 98. The only reason why some ( very few and really only really elderly ) peopled died, was because it was totally unexpected, we had no notice what so ever. This lasted for over a month, several people had no power/heat/water for almost 2 months.
However, most people have the smarts to just not drive out in weather like this/that.
So if you don't have snow tires, if your car is too light, if you don't trust the other drivers, or trust your own driving ability, or the road isn't plowed enough, simple, don't go out.
You should ALWAYS stock up during winter, I always have a heafty stock of everything. I'm not saying this to show that "Mainers are better", I'm telling it just to let you know how we do it, and why less of us die or get in accidents, lol.
Last night, around 8pm Maryland put a ban on all driving. You could not be driving unless it was an emergency. All bus's were closed, subway was closed, trains, BWI was completely closed, not just cancelled flights, but closed.
The ban has been lifted since 4am, but they are thinking about puting it back on.
We easily have 3 feet of snow right now, possibly more and it's still coming down quiet hard (for this area).
For any of you who live in your own house, and are worried about your pipes freezing, leave your water on in like a kitchen sink just a little. That will help to prevent the pipes from freezing.