Originally Posted by gsaxe
ddang cold up north
Born in Minnesota, college in Wisconsin and later a survivor of Pennsylvania ice storms so I know cold.
After 6 years in Oregon I can vouch for the warmish winters West of the Cascades. One week in December over a six year period was actual snow on the ground winter.
Snow usually hits the higher neighborhoods around Portland but is gone in a day.
The Cascades hold warm moist air from the Pacific until you cross the Cascades. Instead of snow and ice we get fog, overcast skies and misty rain. You never see an umbrella because a baseball cap or a hoodie sweatshirt suffices.
Oregon stays green 12 months a year because of the evergreens and crops grow in the Willamette valley year round.
Cold is hard on my old bones but heat exhausts me. Here in Oregon cold is almost never an issue and most outdoor activities continue all year.