By Janet Bennett Kelly
Sunday, January 30, 2011; W08
Remember last February's back-to-back blizzards? Those storms blanketed the Washington metro area in 50 inches or so of snow. Although the snow scenes were strikingly beautiful -- if only for a nanosecond -- their effects presented real challenges: how to keep warm, get around and get basic news. Of course, future predictions cannot be made from past experiences, but forewarned is forearmed. Stock your storm arsenal for Snowpocalypse II, the sequel.
No power, no problem. Eton Corp.'s American Red Cross Solarlink FR360 Radio runs on solar-, hand- or battery-generated power. Tune in to NOAA weather radio and stay aware of big weather changes with the radio's "alert'' function. Built-in LED lights ensure you won't be left in the dark. $50 at www.etoncorp.com.
Think warm thoughts while inhaling the blend of floral scents in a prettily packaged candle from DayNa Decker's Exotic collection. The wooden wick makes a crackling sound when lighted. Kind of like having your own miniature fireplace. $35 for 3 ounces, $50 for 6, available at http://daynadecker.com.
Adding insult to injury, winter weather has a withering effect on skin. So, what's not to like about a body treatment that not only makes the skin feel warm but also (with the aid of fruit enzymes and jojoba beads) exfoliates, cleanses and soothes that all-over roughness. Thermaj Self-Heating Total Body Polish, $40 at www.dermelect.com.
Wrap these leg warmers from American Apparel over tights/jeans/pants to protect against bone-chilling winds. Just say no to those fluorescent color options. $16 at www.americanapparel.com.
Trek through deep snow with aplomb in these 14-inch-high boots from L.L. Bean. The upper portion keeps feet dry with quilted water-resistant nylon and warm with thick faux shearling. The waterproof rubber bottom with supportive steel shank and chain-tread outsole guarantee you won't slip, slide away. $89 at www.llbean.com.