Utah December 26, 2017
13 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A Utah Winter
Winter has arrived in Utah. Are you excited or sad? If you’ve lived here for awhile, you know what to expect. If you’re new to the state, here are a few things that no one tells you about surviving a Utah winter.
1. You'll definitely get stuck on the freeway driving 20 mph at least once every winter.
When visibility is down to 5 yards, it doesn't matter that the speed limit is 80 mph. If you're out on I-80 West, there are few landmarks and you can feel like you're lost in the middle of nowhere.
2. There are fewer parking spaces in every parking lot by February.
All that snow has to go somewhere, so the snow plows pick several parking spots and pile all the snow up in them.
3. Your four-wheel drive truck won't stop any better on an icy road.
Four-wheel drive is great when it comes to blasting through that snowbank, but on an icy road, it won't help you stop any faster. Go slower than the posted speed, or your fancy truck might end up wrapped around a telephone pole.
4. Utahns are stalwart folks who don't need to bundle up just to shovel a little snow.
Shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops seem like appropriate apparel to some of us.
5. Just because there's a blizzard outside doesn't mean that there's no school or work.
Luckily, Utah's snow plows are pretty good at clearing the roads and laying down salt to help make the commute a little better. Still, you'll want to leave an hour earlier to be at work on time.
6. Of course, just because the office doesn't close when it snows doesn't mean that you can't call in sick.
There's nothing like the peaceful solitude of fresh snow on a nordic ski trail. We won't tell your boss 😉
7. Here's the other thing we do on snow days.
If you're new to Utah and you've never skied, now's the time to learn. It's hands-down the best thing about a Utah winter.
8. You'll have a harder time breathing during a Utah winter.
Utah's inversion is no laughing matter. The pollution that gets trapped in the valleys makes the air quality so bad that schoolchildren stay inside during recess, and pregnant women and those with asthma are also told not to breathe the air outdoors.
9. Utahns love to argue about whether or not this year's winter is worse than last year's.
We also complain endlessly about the cold and the snow. And no, we don't want to hear about how temperatures in Minnesota are much colder or how the snow depth in Wisconsin is deeper.
10. While we spend a fair amount of time complaining about winter, we secretly love it.
Sure, it's cold and it's snowy out. But in this winter playground, we have plenty of recreation opportunities.
11. Some of the best childhood memories you'll have will be of the time you spent playing in the snow after a really big storm.
From sledding to building snow forts to just throwing your little sister in a snow bank...it doesn't get any better.
12. St. George is Utahns' version of going to Florida for the winter.
St. George is typically 20 degrees warmer than northern Utah in the winter. If you feel like playing a round of golf or going for a hike, St. George is the place to go, and it's only four hours from Salt Lake City.
13. There's nothing more beautiful than a Utah winter.
Sure, the snow can be horrible to drive in, and it's no fun to shovel, but it sure does turn the Beehive State into a winter wonderland.
What other tips would you give new Utah residents about surviving a winter here in the Beehive State? Give our readers your suggestions in the comments.
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