The 13 True Phases Of Surviving A Wisconsin Winter

I don’t know why we Wisconsinites have such a short memory about winter. It takes up most of our year, but it’s like a traumatic experience that we repress once it passes every season and we bury it under our memories of summer festivals, time on the lake, and the hot sun, which may or may not fry a few of our brain cells. We have selective memory that makes us reluctant to face the realities of six months of snow, ice and temperatures so cold the news tells you not to leave the house with exposed skin.

Winter in Wisconsin sort of creeps up on us and then happens all at once, and anyone who’s spent some time on I-94 knows that despite years of practice, it seems like everyone here forgets how to handle their vehicle in the snow. Winter in Wisconsin is an exercise in survival that comes with steps, kind of like grief. The similarities should probably leave us a little worried, honestly.

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What do you think? Did we miss any of the stages of winter in Wisconsin? Let us know about it in the comments!

Are you still dreading the long haul of winter? Check out these survival tips. Want to feel a bit better about your ability to survive the cold? Check out these tips for those down south when dealing with “winter.”