We don't usually have a lot of trouble with snow here. Yes, they have delayed openings more often than I think they should, yes, things shut down for a day when it snows hard, but it's usually not more than one day that is affected (which really cracks me up when I happen to be at a grocery store before a predicted big storm. People are shopping like the world will end and they have to stock up!).
The reason our roads stay pretty good? They salt the dickens out of them. I had to be on the Garden State Parkway yesterday, during the snowstorm. The road was wet, not even slushy. But there was SO MUCH SALT that I had to stop and refill my washer fluid because it was hazardous to drive without cleaning your windows every five minutes. My car is a mess (I might take a picture in a bit. It's cold outside!). It looks like the Bonneville Salt Flats!
When the roads and sidewalks are crunchy because of all the salt, then you know you might be using a bit much. Or, maybe not.