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  • Most people from Washington DC and the surrounding suburban areas will agree, winter (excluding snowmageddon of 2010) comes and goes without too much fuss. With schools closing at the sight of flurries, a few inches here and there, it's nothing too major. I never realized just how little I had been around snow -real snow- until I ventured to a small college in North Dakota. Instantly I was labeled as the 'East Coast city kid' nicknamed 'DC', being that I was only one of three people at the school not native to North/South Dakota or Montana.

    From the first part of August until the end of November I was told over and over again by the local Dakotans that I was in for a real surprise that winter- "Snow like you have never seen! 45mph winds blowing 6-7'ft of snow at a time! Temperatures around -50!" Needless to say, my roommate, who is from New Mexico, and I were quite daunted by the thought. Stocked up with tire chains, anti-freeze, and the thickest coats we could find, we prepared for the worst.

    Winter came and went..

    This being the worst now, it was brushed off as us having "beginners luck."

    We'll see if North Dakota can redeem its reputation for me this winter.

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