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Old 03-01-2018, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Minneapolis believe it or not has great winters. They get VERY cold, but are mostly sunny, and not that much snow. When it does snow though, it tends to stick around for awhile, making it ideal for winter sports like xc skiing.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:23 AM
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Chicago's weather really isn't that bad. Stay close to the lake and the temps moderate a bit.
I was thinking of places that get lake-effect snow or places where the snow doesn't melt much concerning the Great Lakes comment.
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:31 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Texas panhandle?
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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I live in Colorado (Denver area), and I hate it here because of exactly what you describe. Although I would not describe it as uniformly cold -- temperature vary from about 0 degrees all the way up to about 70 from about October through April -- it is mostly cold and definitely not snowy except for an occasional snow that usually mostly melts in less than three days and an even rarer blizzard. (We have not had a single "good" snow here since LAST winter, btw -- I think that the highest amount of snowfall this winter has been about five inches.)

It is for that reason that when we retire, my husband and I will be heading to the Northeast!
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:58 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Places that tend to be high desert or fairly dry and have the protection of a mountain range, like Denver or Pueblo, or Albuquerque, might work. Grand Junction gets some snow but not a huge amount. We have not had any snow to speak of in Albuquerque this year but our coldest daytime temps have only been in the 40s. I don't think we have had an entire day below freezing but nights are often in the low 20s. There is snow nearby if you need it.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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Minneapolis believe it or not has great winters. They get VERY cold, but are mostly sunny, and not that much snow. When it does snow though, it tends to stick around for awhile, making it ideal for winter sports like xc skiing.
I was going to recommend Minneapolis, too, as recent winters have seemed pretty dry. With the exception of the couple of big snowfalls we got from mid-January to now, I don't think we've seen more than 3-4" in a single storm over the past few winters, and those haven't seemed all that frequent. If it helps, the larger snowfalls we do get are taken care of quickly by plows and salt trucks. Though it does get very cold, we don't have the lake effect snow of other Midwest/Northeast regions.

Comparing the historical weather data of Bangor and Minneapolis, the winter temps are slightly lower in Minneapolis, but the average snow totals aren't as different as I thought they may be - 66 inches vs. 54 inches, respectively.

I suppose it depends on what exactly you don't like about snow. Is it the logistical difficulties of digging out of regular storms to go about daily life, or not liking seeing it piled around all winter long? Minneapolis may provide some relief regarding the former, but not the latter.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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Almost any city in NC will do. If you want to be near forests and lakes and that sort of thing you're better off going with cities like Winston-Salem or Asheville (the more expensive of the two). If you want a slightly less cold winter, but still a bit chilly and close to the beach, check into Wilmington.
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