It actually is snowing in some inland parts of Southern California right now. While I don't have snow and ice greeting me at the door on these cold winter mornings, if I did, I think one of these electric heated doormats would make the whole scene of taking that first step on the icy ground much less precarious. Especially in flip-flops.
Maybe my snow ignorance is showing, but given a choice of performing an unplanned glide and tumble into the waiting claws of a denuded hedge or staying put on my doormat, I'll opt for the latter. Maybe everyone in snow- and ice-blessed regions already has something similar to the HeatTrak® doormat (Compare prices), although I can't recall seeing one on visits east before. It just seems to make sense for your entryway, porch, patio or deck.
They even have 10-footers for your walkways, although at a higher price, of course. What it does: When snow starts to fall, turn it on, and it will melt up to 2 inches per hour. When the snow stops, turn it off, and enjoy a nice, warm entryway. In one of the reviews, a consumer noted that the HeatTrak dried off his concrete entryway within several feet of the mat. In product information, it says the HeatTrak maintains a temperature of 50 F, safe for "curious kids and pets' paws." Sounds good to me. If you have one of these, drop a note in the Pool and Patio Forum and let us know your point of view!