Walking to work during a Midwestern winter is not for the faint of heart. When the dreaded “wintry mix” of snow and sleet falls, as it did this morning in Columbus, careful foot placement is the order of the day. Icy patches of sidewalk must be given wide berth, unexpectedly deep, ankle-dousing pools of slush must be avoided, and above all, the inside lane next to the buildings and as far as possible from the street must be maintained. For the street on such days is the splatter zone, where a car or bus hurtling past will inevitably coat the luckless walker with icy muck.
Beware the splatter zone!