5 Snowiest Cities in the Country

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Snow is no surprise to many people in the northern cities of the U.S, and while some may look on with sympathy, the people in these cities have learned how to enjoy life with the snow. “Forbes” has taken the average snowfall data over the past 30 years to determine the top five snowiest cities in the country. And with these cities come some of the happiest people.

5 Detroit

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Detroit gets 42.7 inches of annual snowfall and comes in fifth, but not last. Winter begins for this city on Thanksgiving Day and it goes all the way to spring, so the more snow they have, the merrier they are. In a state with 11,000 lakes, the residents live for winter and the ice rinks. It’s the hockey players’ getaway, and they cherish every inch of the snow that keeps their city in winter. Detroit has dedicated dozens of parks to winter events, and each one brings the communities a bit closer and a lot happier–and it’s all because of that cold, white stuff.

4 Milwaukee

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Milwaukee takes fourth place for its average annual snowfall of 46.9 inches, but not for its love of the snow. It’s a haven for romance with its huge County Clare fireplace and its horse and carriage rides downtown, as well as its ice skating at Red Arrow Park. It’s also the center of attention for sports enthusiasts who enjoy sledding, tobogganing and cross-country skiing. The social community is at its peak with all the snow and this is one city where a cold, red nose says you’re happy.

3 Denver

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Denver comes in third at 53.8 inches of snow, and it welcomes the white stuff because the people love to be out in it. Christmas is like a storybook tale with seasonal pavilions, choirs and outdoor concerts, as well as the many candlelight walks and parades. But Denver is known by the tourists for its ski slopes like Winter Park and for its many ski shops, and so the more it snows, the happier everyone is.

2 Minneapolis

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Minneapolis is second on the list with 54 inches of snow, and you couldn’t blame people for wishing it would last longer. This city takes advantage of every flake with its awesome hills for toboggan runs and ski trails, as well as its public skating rinks. It also offers a great romantic outdoor atmosphere with its winter stargazing, and it promotes lots of activities for youth including dating programs for those who love the outdoors. Technology has nothing on this city of snow lovers.

1 Cleveland

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Cleveland gets an average of 67.9 inches of snow every year, which makes it no. 1 on the list. This city is a major tourist attraction for Ohio, especially in the winter, as it celebrates the snowy season with winter fests, ice skating and outdoor ice sculptures, along with a winter zoo and polar bears. The highlight is the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field ballpark, which is transformed into a winter wonderland called Snow Days, featuring an ice rink and an eight-lane snow tube run. This city really knows how to make the best of a cold situation.

Ronnie Dauber is a Canadian author with six books published to date, and has been a professional writer online since 2007. She holds three college diplomas in children's and adult literature and one college diploma in business administration and common law.

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