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Old 02-08-2009, 02:58 PM
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Compared to the NE or midwest, Denver has quite mild winters. It can be 65 on Christmas Day. It can also snow 10" on Christmas. The first freeze is usually in early Oct., the last in early May. The first snow can come as early as Sept and as late as May. I've seen snow in June twice in the metro area in 29 yrs of living here. There are weeks of warm, sunny weather between the snowfalls. Right now it is 50 degrees here; it was in the high 60s at the end of last week. We've had some 70 degree days this winter thus far.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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Maryland/Virginia. Usually, it gets cold for a few days, and it may snow(and it's usually like an inch or two), but they go away about as quickly as they come. It may be sunny one day, and cloudy the other. And you can throw in the occasional 70 degree day, as well. The only truly cold month you'd have to worry about is January.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Denver, CO
Rapid City, SD
Cheyenne, WY
Butte, MT

They all have surprisingly mild winters because they are in a region know as "The Banana Belt".
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:57 PM
 
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I don't know if I could live in Denver. The warm days in the winter would be nice, but I don't think I could deal with the inconsistency. I would get my hopes up and think Spring sprung but then it would get cold.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:05 PM
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Yes, that is what happens. You do get used to it after a few decades!
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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Philly/Baltimore and DC have mild winters....most ppl tend to think that the winters in Philly are frigid, but they aren't.....not even close......
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Tulsa or Oklahoma City have rather mild Winters. Yes, it does get bone-chilling cold at times, but generally the Winters in both cities is rather mild.

They have had ice storms over the last several years (not this year thankfully), but all in all, their Winters are somewhat mild, with streaks of bitter cold in between.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:27 PM
 
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Philly/Baltimore and DC have mild winters....most ppl tend to think that the winters in Philly are frigid, but they aren't.....not even close......
Depends if you like the cold or not. If you like the cold, Philadelphia will seem mild. But if you hate the cold, Philadelphia is only a slight improvement from a place like Boston. I had a chance to move to Philadelphia but I turned it down because the winters are only a slight improvement and I want to move somewhere warm.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Lower Michigan isn't quite as cold as you would expect. Avg. winter highs are in the 20s and 30s. It snows alot, but it's not as bone-chilling cold as Minnesota or even Chicago - the lakes keep us warm.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Just wondering if there are any large and/or mid-sized cities/regions that have surprisingly non-horrible winters. Of course, everyone defines "horrible" differently -- right now I live in Chicago, and I would definitely describe their winters as horrible, as in "really, REALLY cold and tons of snow."

I've heard Denver doesn't actually get *that* cold, which shocked me (one generally thinks of anywhere in Colorado as having really rough winters, etc.). Are there any other places where winter is surprisingly not that bad?
Oh boo friggin hoo.... Chicago is not "really, REALLY cold with tons of snow". Did you miss the 57 degree temps on Saturday? How about 61 on Tuesday? No? Hmmmm. Tons of sunshine this winter? Did you miss that, too?

And seeing that Denver almost gets TWICE as much snow as Chicago, how would you classify Denver's snow levels?

And if you cant deal with a little Chicago cold, youre not deserving of your user name. "SheRa"? Should be "SheWuss".
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