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…

…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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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