Penguins are experts in ice and snow, and what they do to keep from toppling over is keep their center of gravity, and weight, straight down.
Penguins are experts in ice and snow, and what they do to keep from toppling over is keep their center of gravity, and weight, straight down.

It's news you really don't want to hear, but here it is. Some weather forecasters claim this could be the worst ice storm we've experienced in 10 years.

Weather.com forecasters warn the storm will likely produce freezing rain from the central Plains to the mid-Atlantic over the weekend.

Some of the big cities likely to be hit by the ice include Topeka, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., AccuWeather said.

On a lighter note, USA Today reporter Carly Mallenbaum and graphics editor Jeff Dionise shared some diagrams to help anyone out on the ice keep from falling. Their recommendation: walk like a penguin.

"Our friend the penguin is an expert in ice and snow, and what they do is keep their center of gravity straight down, and that keeps them from toppling over," Dionise said, as he drew pictures for illustration.

So, keep that in mind if you're out and about this weekend, doing chores or just walking to the mailbox. Put your weight--your center of gravity--straight down on your front leg as you walk.

As Mallenbaum said, "Walking like a penguin might look a little weird, but at least you won't fall."