New York City equips its fleet of hundreds of city sanitation trucks with plows. It also uses a system of 20 giant snow-melting machines to turn tons of the white stuff instantly into water.
In New Castle, Ind., crews work the streets early during a storm, spreading a layer of de-icing chemicals to prevent snow from piling up. "Daddy had a saying, 'It's better to kill the snake before it bites you,'" plow driver Bob York told the Associated Press. "That's our main thing – to get on it before it gets ahead of us."
Meanwhile in Moscow, Mayor Yuri Luzhkov reportedly considered using a Russian air force jet to disperse dry ice and silver iodine in impending storm clouds, in hope of making them dump their snow before reaching the capital.
While it's unlikely cities along the Mid-Atlantic will follow in Luzhkov's footsteps when faced with the next "Snowpocalypse," they may arm themselves with a louder message for their residents ahead of the storm: Patience.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.