Snow... in the Midwest it's a love/hate thing. EVERYONE feels like a child when the first flurries start. You get a little giddy. and your kindergarten persona kicks in. "It's Snoooooooowing! hehehehe" As you become a more experienced driver in the snow you will HATE the start of the snow. Because people drive as if they never have seen it in their lives. "Learn to DRIVE!!! I have places to BE!!!! ...*grumble* **** snow." There are the mornings after a large snow when... even the plainest vistas look like a magnificent Christmas card. There is the child-like thrill to be the first to trek across a pathless yard. When the icicles hang from every branch... you think - God, himself, must have painted this scene just for me. By February/March...it isn't so pretty and wonderful. And you grumble anytime the weatherman mentions the stuff. You will question WHY you EVER wanted to leave Florida (there IS a reason you are deluged with snowbirds...and you will finally understand why they will be a CONSTANT fixture in SE Florida). One thing you learn very quickly.... the wet snow which is prize for snowball fights and building forts and snowmen, is MURDER for shoveling. Your kids will be banging off the walls with joy, and you will be cursing it. On the other hand...the wispy dry snow will disappoint the children (you can't pack it worth sh**), but it's a breeze to shovel. Speaking of shovels.... you need one. They have these great shovels that are actually on my Christmas list. The handle is in the shape of a z...but it helps relieve back-aches. Shoveling is a WONDERFUL work-out. An Average drive way and a good snow can replace the gym ANY DAY. Snowblowers are quick, and I love them. There is a zen that comes with clearing snow...sort-of like mowing a lawn. You get instant gratification. Getting away from shoveling.... walking in the morning, on a not-to-cold day...but hearing the crunch of your shoes against the snow. THAT is zen. (Like I say...it's love/hate. There are moments of PURE BLISS!) And dirty slush can depress all the good thoughts you ever had about the snow. Snow is the reason I no longer drive a "car". I have gotten stuck in drifts TOO OFTEN. Now i drive a .. what DO you call this thing? Not an SUV...but a mini version of one (I drive a Saturn Vue). I am ABOVE the drifts. And like Scarlett O'Hara vowed never to be hungry again...I swore I would never get caught in a drift again. (Huh, but I did last winter. After a spin on icy roads, I had to be pulled out of a ditch.) You need to pack your car for the winter. A shovel, a windshield scraper/brush, a blanket, snacks (in case you have to bunk out in your car until help comes...or maybe LONG LONG commutes. I have faced commutes of what WOULD take me about 20 minutes on a clear day can take hours on a bad winter day.), you should NEVER travel in the winter without a cellphone plastered to your body...and plan for driving time to be extended (sometimes, greatly). I can't IMAGINE singing Christmas carols in balmy weather? How DOES one sing about and get in the mood with Rudolph and Silver and Gold when you look out onto palm trees or cactus????? Christmas IS cold and snow! That's why by Jan. 10th... we are all DREAMING about living where you want to leave. **** But once you live in an area that not only experiences...but ADORES and RELISHES the change of all four seasons.. you will wonder how you could live ANYWHERE else.