15 Things Every Midwesterner Knows About The Cold

The big storm finally hit, but you’re a Midwesterner — you got this. Enjoy everything there is to love about this amazing season, and let Omni-Heat™ by Columbia Sportswear keep you warm during it all.

1. It’s okay for you to laugh in the face of someone who complains about zero degree weather.

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2. No one understands true beauty until they’ve seen a field covered in snow.

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3. There is a high probability that there’s a frozen lake within a mile radius to skate on…

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…or go ice fishing at…

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…or where friends can be challenged to a game of broomball.

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4. It’s your duty as a Midwesterner to help shovel your neighbor’s driveway without asking.

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5. “Lake effect” is a concept you’re all too familiar with.

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6. You base your Halloween costumes not on what you REALLY want to be, but what will keep you warm.

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7. Whether you have a compact car or an SUV, chains are a must…

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8. …so that you can drive in three feet of snow like it’s nothing.

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9. No matter how much snow falls, you will always be there to support your team.

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Packers, Lions, whatever… you’ll be there.

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10. Your pets are just as used to the harsh winters as you are.

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11. Snow plows aren’t just trucks, they’re a gift sent from God.

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Until you find out they’re the reason school isn’t cancelled.

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12. Quality family time happens while watching the weather update on Local on the 8s.

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13. Salt stains will always be winter’s hottest fashion trend.

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14. You have memorized the exact time it takes to finish this task.

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15. And once it hits 39°F, your summer attire comes right back on.

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It’s like nothing ever happened.

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