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Old 10-04-2019, 06:09 PM
 
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I will be moving out of California next summer and I am considering Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, or Colorado. How hard is it to get used to cold and snow? I am tired of the heat and 110 degree summers, but I don’t want the other extreme, either. Everyone says California has the best climate, well I am trying to find the SECOND best climate. I have no experience with snow, I don’t mind a few inches, but can’t do feet and feet of snow. Is it possible to acclimate? And if so, how long does it take?

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Old 10-04-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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Why would you move somewhere cold if you don't want to deal with cold weather? It's not like your choices are only 110 degree summers or a place that's frigid. There are plenty of places in the west that don't experience those kinds of extremes. I would recommend looking at Prescott, AZ or St. George, UT. You will experience cold during the winter, but you will not be socked in by feet of snow. It will take a little bit to acclimate, but you will get used to it as long as you have warm clothes.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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When people say California has the best weather they don't mean Needles or Brawley or some other inland desert town with a 110 degrees in summer. That's just desert climate which isn't the worst but also not the best. Make your way to the coast somewhere if you don't want 110 degrees but also don't want to freeze.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Canada has a millon immigrants from tropical countries. They do just fine.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Denver
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There's the cliche of there's no harsh weather, just inappropriately dressed individuals, and that's partially true. With all the nice winter gear available now, if your decked up, 10 F with 40 mph wind isn't annoying; I can snowmobile all day in that.

But most days you don't have goggles and snowpants on. If you let your house swing with the temps, and don't keep it locked at 72F, it'll be uncomfortable the first week or 2, but you really will adapt, and you can be comfortable in the 30-50 F weather that's common over winter. It's been researched that your body does take a little bit to reajust it's homeostatic temperature and once it adjusts, you can acclimate to being comfortable at a different temp. It's not something unique that I would be able to do since I was raised in Colorado and you can't do since you weren't.

Does CO or UT have the 2nd best climate? They are often hyped that way. Seasonal, continental climates have more 'challenges' than the west coast, but whether the mountain west or the plains or the central eastern US has the 2nd best depends on your moisture preference. Do you like dry air or does it really bother your skin? Do you sweat a lot in humid environments? Do you sunburn easily? Does brown seem ugly and is greenery much preferred? Do you hate bugs? Do foggy cloudy days really get to you?
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I will be moving out of California next summer and I am considering Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, or Colorado. How hard is it to get used to cold and snow? I am tired of the heat and 110 degree summers, but I don’t want the other extreme, either. Everyone says California has the best climate, well I am trying to find the SECOND best climate. I have no experience with snow, I don’t mind a few inches, but can’t do feet and feet of snow. Is it possible to acclimate? And if so, how long does it take?
Some get used to it here in Colorado, some don't. That's all I can say. Hard to tell which one you will be.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:28 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Why don't you try Northern California instead? I only visited SoCal when I was little, so I will not remember, but SoCal heat sounds a bit hot to me IMO.

I visit my family in the Bay Area sometimes and I love the weather there. It's a bit humid in the winter and a tad cold in the winter, but you will get use to that I think.

Also, you didn't mention anything about cost of living, so are you trying to get away from California's expensiveness.
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:06 PM
 
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Of course. I have multiple friends and coworkers in Chicago who moved here from LA and they are doing fine. They all tend to like the change of seasons and once they got the warm jacket down and realized that life goes on just as much in winter as warmer seasons they were totally fine with it.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:18 PM
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Location: Up North
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Canada has a millon immigrants from tropical countries. They do just fine.
Yeah it’s not nearly as big a deal as people make it out to be.
I’m from the southeast and get along just fine in ice fishing territory.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Well usually people experience at least one winter in their new city to see how much they can tolerate.
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