New Hampshire December 24, 2017
10 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A New Hampshire Winter
It’s now officially winter, though here in New Hampshire it’s felt like it for at least a month. It’s safe to say that the Granite State isn’t afraid of a little chill, but if it’s your first winter in the state you might not feel entirely prepared. Here’s what longtime residents have learned through years of experience.
1. If a storm's on the horizon, stock up early.
Grocery store get positively nuts before big storms. A lot of it is just hype, but you also don't want to be stranded without toilet paper and unable to drive to the store.
2. Stick your windshield wipers up before a storm starts if you park outside.
Yes, it looks silly, but it beats having to pry a pair of frozen windshield wipers off your windshield.
3. And remember to set you alarm early to dig out your car before work.
It always, always takes longer than you think it will.
4. Walk like a penguin to avoid slipping on the ice.
Walking in the winter is treacherous. In addition to wearing good boots, taking small steps and keeping your center of balance over your front foot like a penguin can help prevent falls.
5. Keep plenty of flashlights on hand.
The power will almost definitely go out at some point during a New Hampshire winter, and you don't want to be stuck in the dark. Make sure you have plenty of batteries, too.
6. Invest in a sturdy pair of snow boots.
Forget those fashionable boots you wore all fall – looks go out the window once the first snow falls. There's nothing worse than wet socks, and you'll need real snow boots to survive a winter in New Hampshire.
7. New Hampshirites don't let the weather keep them inside for long.
After all, if a little snow and cold kept us from leaving the house we'd never get out. Be careful, of course, but know that walks in freshly fallen snow are one of the purest pleasures of winter in the Granite State.
8. Sledding is great fun for all ages.
Whether you go to a sledding park or just down the hill in your backyard, on a fancy tube or on a pizza box, sledding is an unbeatable and attainable adrenaline rush.
9. You'll have plenty of snow to shovel, so train your kids early (or hire a plow guy).
Trust us, you don't want to fall into the trap of being the one person in your family who does all the shoveling. And if you can't stand it, hire a plow guy – just don't wait until the snow is falling to call around.
The sun sets very, very early.
This tends to make a lot of us tired and even depressed. So make sure you have plenty of cozy candles, get outside while the sun is up, and consider getting a sun lamp.
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