Clearly I've been putting off this writing this article. A generally warm fall helped me in this regard and them bam! Winter is here (and has been for a few weeks).
Couple cold weather, slippery paths, darkness and no race looming and you may just decide to skip that run. I'm here to say don't do it!
Dressing for cold weather is a matter of layers and personal taste. This article will help you prepare for those snowy/icy slippery paths or roads.
I offer suggestions for 3 different levels of slipperyness and snow cover. If the paths are generally clear or have a thin layer of snow but you may encounter an occasional visible slick spot I suggest running in a pair of shoes designed for trail running. These shoes often have a deeper tread and some measure of water resistance which helps keep toes dry and warm. The deeper tread provides better grip in loose snow than your typical road shoes.
The solution for the next level is a little screwy (sorry but sometimes I can't resist a pun, good or otherwise)
The 3rd level is for complete ice with or without some snow cover. It's a commercial solution and will cost you about $30.
Get the right gear and you've lost half of your excuses. Now to work on the other half . . . Get out there!