We found the precipitation thing very odd too - reminded us of Chemistry lessons
We have now come to realise that 'showers' can mean anything from light rain for an hour to a torrential downpour that lasts for 24 hours. A dusting of snow is anything up to 4 feet and freezing rain doesnt mean that its cold and wet it means that your yard, trees, vehicles - basically anything it touches is covered in a sheet of ice.
Invest in some sort of grippers to fasten over the soles of your boots!!!
We also started out with nice economical cars and now have hefty 4 x 4's - we look at things like the Land Rover Discovery now and think how small they are!!! I would still like a Beetle for the summer though - they just look so cute
Keep up the good recovery