Winter in the U.S. can be a magical time, especially when you experience it for the first time! Many of our international registered nurses and medical technologists get their first taste of a northern hemisphere winter when they move to the United States. To help you prepare for this exciting season – and for temperatures lower than you may have experienced before, we’ve put together a quick guide to winter… including the best places to see snow.
Winter: what to expect
Your winter experience will differ considerably depending on when you are in the U.S. Generally speaking, the further north you are the colder the winters will be, and the longer they will last. A winter in Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming, for example, will tend to be a lot colder than those in Texas, Arizona, or Louisiana. But even then, given the vastly diverse geographies of each state, one that may typically be known for being warm can also have areas that see snowfall in winter.
When you decide which state you want to deploy to as a Conexus MedStaff registered nurse or medical technologist, we recommend speaking with your Experience Co-Ordinator or doing your own research to find out exactly what weather to expect.
All states, regardless of their climate, will experience shorter days in winter. Exactly how much shorter will depend on where the state is located. States that are further north will see considerably less daylight during winter than those in the midlands or south.
If you choose to start your U.S. career journey in a state that is known for colder temperatures, then read on to be prepared for a northern hemisphere winter.
Dress to stay warm
To stay warm during winter, it's crucial to dress in layers. Layering allows you to adjust your clothing according to the temperature and your activity level. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer that keeps your body dry, such as thermal underwear. Next, add insulating layers like sweaters or fleece jackets. Finally, top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer, such as a heavy coat or parka, to protect yourself from the elements.
You should also invest in warm accessories like hats, gloves, scarves, and thick socks. Insulated and waterproof boots will help keep your feet warm and dry. Don't forget to protect your face with a scarf or mask, as the cold winter winds can be harsh on exposed skin.
Advice for keeping your home warm
Keeping your home warm during winter is essential for your comfort. Here are some tips to help you stay cozy at home:
Insulate your windows and doors: Use weatherstripping or window insulation film to prevent drafts and heat loss.
Use draft stoppers: Place draft stoppers at the bottom of doors to prevent cold air from entering.
Programmable thermostat: Set your thermostat to lower temperatures while you're away or sleeping to save energy.
Use heavy curtains or thermal blinds: These will help retain heat and block drafts.
Seal cracks: Identify any gaps or cracks in your home's structure and seal them to prevent cold air infiltration.
Buy a hot water bottle: Hot water bottles are a great, affordable way to warm up your bed at night.
Looking for a snow adventure?
If you're seeking the magic of snow in the U.S. but it’s not likely to happen naturally in the state you choose to live in, here are five destinations known for their winter wonderlands:
Aspen, Colorado: Famous for its luxurious ski resorts, Aspen offers stunning mountain views and excellent snow conditions.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada: This picturesque lake straddling California and Nevada is surrounded by ski slopes and offers breathtaking winter scenery.
Park City, Utah: Home to the famous Sundance Film Festival and world-class ski resorts, Park City is a charming winter destination.
Taos, New Mexico: Taos Ski Valley is a hidden gem, featuring excellent skiing and a welcoming mountain town atmosphere.
Stowe, Vermont: Known for its charming New England ambiance, Stowe offers beautiful scenery, ski resorts, and quaint country inns.
With this guide, you'll be well-prepared to embrace your first-ever northern hemisphere winter in the U.S. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy all the wonders this season has to offer!