Winter weather storms can lead to power outages, making it difficult to store food in your fridge or freezer safely. In areas where snow is on the ground, you may be tempted to put that food outside to stay cold (you wouldn't be alone! The USDA has a frequently asked question page that answers the best ways to keep food safe during an emergency. Although putting food in snow might seem like a quick fix, there are two main reasons why it may not guarantee freshness. Secondly, placing your food outside leaves it vulnerable to animals and other unsanitary conditions.