It’s time to face the fact – winter is inconspicuously and slowly approaching. The cold mornings and falling leaves are unmistakable signs of the forthcoming season that many people consider the most unpleasant part of the year. Not everybody can afford to spend the winter in a beach house in sunny Florida so, for those who will have to put their warm hats, scarves and gloves on, we at least made a list of the coldest US cities to avoid. Based on the average winter temperature according to city-data.com, these 25 cities with a population of over 50,000 do have the right to complain about the weather. So if you hate cold weather, make a note of these 25 coldest large American cities you should avoid this winter. Warning: Sun-people may find the following pictures disturbing.
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Duluth, Minnesota, 10.3 F
Situated at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes, Duluth is the fifth-largest city in Minnesota. It is nicknamed “The Air-Conditioned City” because of the summertime cooling effect of the nearby Lake Superior. Winters are very long there with first freezing temperature occurring usually at the end of September, and lasting as late as till the end of May.
Bismarck, North Dakota, 10.1 F
Founded in 1872, Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota. The city has a highly variable four-season humid continental climate with very long and cold winters. Residents of Bismarck have to cope with snow for more than 180 days every year.
St. Cloud, Minnesota, 9.4 F
Located in the central region, St. Cloud, with its 66,000 residents, is the eight largest city of Minnesota. While summers are hot and humid in St. Cloud, winters are long and cold with heavy snowfall. The lowest recorded temperature in the city was -43 F.
Fargo, North Dakota, 6.8
Fargo is the largest city and cultural, educational, and industrial center of North Dakota. Because of its location in the Great Plains and its distance from both mountains and oceans, the city features long, cold, windy, and snowy winter. While temperatures around -20 F are not unusual in winter, summers can be as hot as 110 F.
Grand Forks, North Dakota, 5.3 F
With a population of about 53,000, Grand Forks is the third largest city in North Dakota. Although it is a nice city that can boasts of a variety of arts and cultural events, winter weather is extremely harsh there. Influenced by cold Arctic high pressure systems, winters are very long, cold, and snowy.