Every year, it seems like winter just creeps up on us out of nowhere. Just when autumn is “falling” into place and the last of the Halloween candy is dwindling down, that’s when the snow begins to fall. At first, it’s slow and graceful, but all of the sudden it starts accumulating before we even know what to do with it. Although this year’s first snow fall wasn’t nearly as bad as the situation in Buffalo, it can’t help, but make me wonder if I’m ready for this winter. To prepare myself, both mentally and physically, I’ve compiled my top 5 list of ways to survive a winter in Rochester:
Thank goodness for the snow brush
I didn’t realize how important it was to have a snow brush until my car was buried under a foot of snow and my gloves were sopping wet from trying to dig it out. Being prepared for winter in Rochester means buying a good snow brush and crossing your fingers that you’ll need it each morning.
Boots, boots, and more boots
When I was fifteen, I convinced my parents that the popular suede boots that everyone had would suit me just fine for winter. Boy was I wrong, after multiple pairs of those suede boots, I finally listened to my cold feet and purchased a pair of Bean boots. They are by far the best boots for Rochester winters and a great excuse to buy cute patterned tights or socks.
Follow those in the “snow”
Don’t rely on your own personal forecast each morning as you look out the window. Follow those who are predicting the weather and following each snow storm as they come. I follow @DandC and @CityRochesterNY on Twitter to stay up-to-date and listen to the weather/traffic reports on the drive into work each morning. It’s also important to find out about alert and notification systems for your company so that you don’t drive all the way to work only to find out that you have a snow day!
There are many ways to stay warm during the winter; some are a little more creative than others. Check out this post from the BBC for some tips on ways to keep your house warm. For me, I like to stay warm by making the occasional Hot Toddy or Hot Chocolate.
Spring is coming, I think
While Rochester weather is uncertain and unpredictable, you can usually bet on the fact that winter will end eventually. I think the worst part of winter is anticipation of how bad it will be. When you put those feelings aside, winter is a beautiful time of year with lots of great activities like skating at Martin Luther King Jr Park or trying out new coffee places.
With winter the best way to “survive” is to prepare as much as possible. While we can’t predict the future weather patterns, at least to an extent, we can think about ways to get ready. As my mom always says,”hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”. In the case of winter in Rochester, I don’t know that any truer words have ever been spoken.