I gotta say, that’s Darwin at work.
Firstly, there was no way that you could NOT know the conditions. “Forewarned is forearmed” , and there was plenty of warning…for DAYS before.
Secondly, while it might get cold in the car, if one is sheltered from the wind and has decent clothing, you won’t freeze to death even if the car isn’t running, even in -30 temperatures. It ain’t gonna be fun and it ain’t gonna be comfortable, but if the car is closed and the wind is kept out, and you have any decent clothing, you ain’t gonna freeze,…Plus, with a bit of management (and some intelligence), you can keep a car warm enough running it a few times an hour for days on a half tank of gas…And if you let your gas get lower than that while driving in storm conditions, then you are part of the problem…
Blaming the storm for these deaths is wrong. Blaming the folks travelling into the blizzard conditions with no preparations is more realistic.
When I ran the motel, I cannot count how many folks were rescued, having left Mississippi or such in a car that most of us wouldn’t feel safe to drive across town, carrying their family dressed in hoodies and maybe windbreakers to Wisconsin with a half tank of gas with bald tires and low oil….into blizzard conditions so they could see Aunt Josie or whatever….Sometimes you gotta be smart enough to stay home.