While some days may seem unbearably cold this winter, Illinois is actually having a rather mild season. As we hover around the freezing point, it’s important to remember that it could be much worse. The state has seen an arctic freeze far worse than this.

If your grandparent has ever mentioned how kids today don’t know what it was like when they had to walk through 10 feet of snow to get to school, this is probably why. Back in the ’70s, blizzards and deep freezes were common. Read on for more details.

Uncomfortable temperatures are just one of 11 reasons no one should visit Illinois in the winter. Do you know the rest?

Do you remember the arctic freeze of 1979? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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