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Old 10-06-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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MN is getting into the mid 30's at night right now, I guarantee that heating is on in homes up there.

I only use A/C 4-5 months in Texas (I guess that makes me super tough by your definition lol). When I lived up north I used it 6-7 months. Usually started around October and ended April. There was a snowstorm in Pittsburgh one April by the way.

Unless you've lived up north and have experience -5 or below you don't know what you're talking about. As I've lived both north and south I'm fully qualified to talk about this.

don't believe Minneapolis has yet to hit the 30's yet, our heating is not yet turned on and I'm way North of Minneapolis and still sleeping with the windows open, I however really do know what I'm talking about
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:03 AM
 
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It will be quite the challenge.

In the Southern US (especially the coastal/warmer areas of the region), any freezes that come occur only as brief spells, lasting 1-2hrs, before the day then warms up to the 60s. In contrast, the freezing in the Northern US will last for much longer, to the point that places like Chicago feature average high temps below the mark.
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I however really do know what I'm talking about
Could've fooled me. I'm sure you're braving the elements in Bel Air, lol
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Old 10-06-2016, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Within a few years you will realize why most Northerners are clamoring to retire in Florida.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:41 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Hey OP, it's different for everyone. Don't listen to folks who tell you that you'll absolutely hate it, nor to the folks who will tell you that it's a breeze, mind over matter or any of that nonsense. Some people will always hate the cold, some people will take to it without too many problems. Most people adjust relatively well to the temps most of the time.
Just like down here in the south there will be some nice days and some brutal days. Dress accordingly and try to get your butt outside for some fun on the nicest days.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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You don't get used to it, you complain about it. Then when Spring comes, you complain that it's still in the 40s. Then when Summer comes, you complain about the humidity. Then it's Fall and everyone is happy for 3 months...and then you start complaining again.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:07 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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All I can say, just like the others, is to dress in layers. Make sure your face and hands are covered. Invest in a good pair of boots. Wear thermal underwear. Get a shovel. Make sure your car is in shape for the winter. Take extra time during the snowy and icy days to get to work. Usually during the first couple of snowfalls, there are numerous automobile accidents. Also multiple car pileups are common during heavy snow falls.


Minnesota is one of the states you are considering and it gets bitter cold there, more so than the Mid Atlantic or Lower Midwest. I grew up mainly in southwestern PA and the bordering northern WV areas so the winter weather, while still bad, isn't as extreme as the upper Midwest. I lived in Florida for several years and the warmth spoiled me. I never liked the cold to begin with and the Florida weather was perfect for me. I even enjoyed the humid days. The first winter back home was an eye opener.
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Could've fooled me. I'm sure you're braving the elements in Bel Air, lol
try wearing long pants instead of skirts
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:39 PM
 
Location: IN
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Within a few years you will realize why most Northerners are clamoring to retire in Florida.
Not me. I'm headed up to the UP of Michigan area when I retire, probably by Marquette. High quality of life and few crowds, Lake Superior, and variety of amenities and milder compared to far northern Wisconsin at somewhat higher elevation. Yes, I have mostly Scandinavian ancestry and cold never phases me at all. I hate 75F+ temperatures with the brutal sun angle further south in the US, though.

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Old 10-07-2016, 10:58 AM
 
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You don't need multiple layers of clothing, especially in states like RI, CT, MA, downstate NY, PA, etc, which technically get "cold" but are never truly "bitter" cold. In states like WI and MN, you might need to wear a sweater occasionally, but usually all you need is a good winter parka, some gloves/mittens , and a wool hat, and that's it. It much better than sweltering heat and humidity..
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