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Old 11-29-2008, 10:06 PM
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I would first like to thank all of the regulars here for your contributions. I have learned a great deal about your city and this forum has been a valuable resource in preparing to relocate to Cincinnati.

I am relocating from a warm-weather city that receives zero snow fall and hardly any winter at all. I have read that the snow and winters are not that bad relative to other midwestern cities, but what exactly am I in for? What will I likely need that I probably wouldn't think of? Is a snow shovel, windshield de-icer or anything else necessary or helpful? I have a very short commute to work, are snow tires necessary?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:13 AM
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You don't need snow tires in Cincinnati... just patience on the first big snowfall of every year that sends the My P&G husband bought me this SUV but I only learned how to drive within lanes last week crowd into an absolute panic.

You need:
1) Ice Scraper for car windows
2) Road salt for front doorstep (probably won't need it)
3) Snow Shovel (probably won't need it)
4) Beer (no, i am not just trying to be clever...you need beer to live here)
5) Gloves or mittens
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:15 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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First of all, remember that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. When it gets slushy or snowy, wear boots. When it gets cold and windy, wear a hat, scarf and gloves. Being dressed properly really does take the sting out of the cold. Most Cincinnati winters you can get by with an all-weather coat: a raincoat with a zip-out, warm lining (think London Fog). A few bitter days here and there call for something more substantial.

Get a good pair of all-weather radial tires and you'll be set.

Do get an ice scraper and a snow brush for your car, and clear all the windows whenever necessary, not just a little window for you to peek out of (one of my pet peeves, LOL). You'll need the scraper more than you'll need the snow brush.

A snow shovel is handy if you have to clear your steps, driveway etc., but if you rent and aren't responsible for that, I wouldn't bother with one.

And forget the beer. Go straight for the hard stuff.

Good luck!
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:39 AM
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Well if you love summer like i do and you are comming from a warm weather local - Cincy, while not as bad as say, Cleveland, will still be a winter shock for you. I disagree - there is such a thing as bad weather and as soon as we get highs of like 8 again i think most people would side with me. I do agree that hard liquour is a good option though, haha. What you really need is a one of those window scrapper things for your car, and snow shovel for your walk/driveway. Also, you will need patience because when it snows here in Cincy, even if its not a lot, people drive crazy and/or too slow and traffic is horrible. We have all left work at 5 to not arrive home by 8 or 9. It sucks. And its horrifically cold in some spurts and then nice a day or two later, but hey, thats Cincy.

G Man
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:26 AM
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As a Southerner who knew nothing about cold weather, here's my short list of things I didn't know about...

- Turn off the air "recirculator" button on your car's heater, or your windows will fog up in cold weather.
- Buy a $2 ice scraper and leave it in your car.
- Keep a blanket in your car (in case your car dies and you need to wait for help)
- Heating your house in the winter is really really really really expensive. You won't know what hit you.

- The following items are really all you need to stay perfectly warm in any weather that the continental US can throw at you.
1) A wool "pea-coat"
2) Scarf
3) Earmuffs or a hat
4) "smart wool" socks. Expensive but worth it.
Throw in a just pair of regular jeans and a sweater underneath and you probably won't get cold. I found that all the stereotypical stuff that Southerners think you need in the cold (long-underwear, big puffy down jacket, huge snow gloves, snow boots) are basically not really needed.

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Old 12-02-2008, 03:31 PM
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Thanks for all of the responses, there are some great tips here. Glad to hear about the snow tires and the other stuff doesn't sound like anything I can't handle.

On a side note, would anybody have recommendations for furniture stores not too far from Mt. Adams? So far I am planning on visiting Value City Furniture in Covington and Sofa Express.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:03 PM
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Sofa Express is no longer in business. If you are going to be living in one of the cool areas, you need decor to match. There is an IKEA up in West Chester and the place has some very functional and affordable collections for any size space. They deliver also. You just need to go pick out your digs. They also have rental vans and you can leave the car right there for the hour or so it takes to deliver it yourself.

IKEA | IKEA West Chester store (http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/IkeaNearYouView?storeId=12&langId=-1&StoreNumber=175 - broken link)
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