Cleveland December 15, 2017
13 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A Cleveland Winter
A blanket of snow is officially coating the North Coast, and locals are experiencing all sorts of emotions. Some are out playing in the snow with the kids exclaiming, “It’s about time! It should have snowed way back before Thanksgiving!” Others, of course, are dreading the season, and from their perspective, waking up early to defrost the car before work becomes harder each day. The truth is that we all have our own way of coping during Cleveland’s coldest season, but it’s a lot easier to survive if you keep these things in mind:
1. Don't let winter keep you cooped up indoors.
There is so much to do across Cleveland, from holiday light tours to waterfront winter hikes. If you let the cold keep you in, a bad case of cabin fever will leave you antsy well into the spring. Just bundle up and keep an eye on local weather reports, then head out for an unforgettable time.
2. There are plenty of stunning places to warm up.
If you are ever out and about in the winter and decide to stop somewhere, there are plenty of spectacular local destinations that will welcome you with open arms and leave you with the warm and fuzzies. The Old Arcade is one such destination that will effortlessly charm your socks off.
3. Birds don't always leave in the winter, so expect a bit of company on your walks.
You may have heard locals describing the area as a "frozen wasteland." Cleveland is actually far from it, and you may be surprised by the winter wildlife that you encounter. Many birds, for example, do not migrate south for the winter, and others migrate
to Cleveland in the winter. This year, Snowy Owl sightings are on the rise, so keep your eyes peeled for winter company.
4. Not every winter day is freezing.
Sure, winters here can be brutal. That's simply a fact with any city in the northern half of our nation. The truth is, though, that it's not all bad. In fact, some days in our colder months are downright beautiful. On February 24, 2017, Cleveland temperatures soared to a whopping 75 degrees. Locals get sick of the cold, but we do experience some incredibly warm winter days here in The Land.
5. It is important to step outside at night every so often to look at the sky.
Something about the winter sky here in Cleveland is incredibly mesmerizing. Locals know that winter is an incredible time to go stargazing or take in the splendor of the moon, but it's not something we frequently discuss. Seriously, though, winter skies are incredible, and you haven't truly lived until you've taken the time to step outside and take in its majesty.
6. Waterfalls have a particular splendor in the winter.
If you're ever feeling the wintertime blues, a trip to the nearest waterfall can instantly perk you back up. Fortunately, Greater Cleveland is overflowing (pun intended) with
incredible winter waterfall hikes
7. You should definitely adopt a mindset that appreciates the beauty of winter.
Here, lake effect snowfall can put a damper on your day. Seasonal depression is common, so it is important to keep a positive outlook throughout our chillier months. Yes, it's cold. Yes, wintertime commutes are terrible. But take some time to notice the gentle frosting of snow over a delicate branch and the way the frost on the window glows against the street lights. Winter is beautiful, so don't let yourself get caught up in the negativity of the season.
8. Cleveland is kind of a different world when coated in snowfall.
As seen in movies like
A Christmas Story,
snow totally transforms the landscape of Cleveland. The city becomes a sleepy winter wonderland when coated in snowfall, and it will awaken in you a desire to adventure. Just take it slow, because though the city becomes a magical new landscape, winter traffic becomes an unfortunate situation.
10. It's never a bad idea to keep extra gloves, scarves, and hats in your vehicle, office, or locker.
The coldest day in recorded Cleveland history occurred on January 14, 1994, when temperatures dropped to a bone-chilling -20 degrees. While we may have our warm days, we also have days that are incredibly brisk. Keeping a few provisions in your car is never a bad idea, and you will one day come to appreciate your preparations.
11. Winter is the coziest time to get acquainted with a new restaurant.
When an icy wind blows through the city, nothing is as inviting as a hot bowl of soup or a big greasy pizza. During the colder months, consider exploring new eateries to uncover the coziest destinations in town.
12. Quaint small towns hide spectacular secrets in the winter.
When you're stuck in the hectic Downtown traffic, nothing sounds as inviting as a relaxed evening in a quaint small town. The truth is, nearby tiny towns host more than opportunity for an unforgettable evening. The petite
community hides an epic ski resort, Medina harbors a
, and a
is hidden in Strongsville. It is most definitely worth exploring local small towns, and you won't believe the secrets they hide.
13. When winter ends, the transition into spring will be incredible.
Our landscape here in Northeast Ohio is stunning, and watching it transform season by season is actually a magical experience. When winter finally ends, you will be treated to an extravagant display as flowers sprout from the chilly earth and trees bud. A few of those trees smell a bit like fish, but visually, the season will blow you away. The best part? In retrospect, winter won't even feel like it lasted all that long.
Winter is finally here, and so, too, are cold days, lake effect, and wind chill. However, the season isn’t hard to survive if you bundle up and let a good attitude keep you feeling all warm and fuzzy.
Can’t get enough of the frozen landscape? The splendor of this
snow-coated castle will leave you in awe.