Top 10 States With The Best Winter Weather

It’s winter! Welcome to the season when conversations center around the weather and how unbelievably cold and miserable it is outside.

Quail Creek State Park, in southern Utah near St. George and Hurricane. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Quail Creek State Park, in southern Utah near St. George and Hurricane. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In most of America, winter sucks. It is cold out. Pipes freeze. Lips, noses, and cheeks get chapped and raw. Black ice kills. It’s horrible.

Growing up in Alberta, I have experienced the personal hell that is winter’s awkwardly long, frigid embrace. That’s why I’m a snowbird.

Seeing how I’ve already danced with state rankings of places to avoid between November and April, I thought it was time to rank the traditionally warm weather states on the best winter weather. Think, the U.S. Sunbelt.

Anyway, I’ll be hanging out this winter a warm-weather snowbird roost in the Southwest.

Mesilla Valley near La Cruces, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Mesilla Valley near La Cruces, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

#10. Utah

Below the rim of the Great Basin sits Utah’s warm-weather retreat, the town of St. George. And there’s good reason they call this area Utah Dixie.

Like New Mexico and Nevada, you can generally count on the fact that winters will be packed with sunshine.

#9. New Mexico

Did you know that New Mexico is basically southeastern Arizona? I mean, in the sense of topography, They both have high plains, mountain ranges, deserts, and basins.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

#8. Nevada

Other than in the northern reaches of the state, Nevada’s generally pretty well protected from the worst aspects of winter.

#7. Mississippi

While North Mississippi can get hit with a little blizzard action (snow tornadoes!), it’s far from  the norm. And even when a cold snap does hit, people are generally back to porch-sittin’, sweet tea-sippin’ weather in no time.

There are also 26 miles of pristine water and white sand beaches in Mississippi, without anywhere near the number of tourists or tacky T-shirt shops you’d find in Florida. And, unlike the other beach towns on the Gulf, Biloxi and Gulfport have casinos. And don’t overlook funky Bay St. Louis.

Bay St. Louis along the Mississippi Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bay St. Louis along the Mississippi Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Overall, Mississippi is a state with reasonably painless winters.

#6. Louisiana

You think they’d have Mardi Gras in February if that wasn’t an ideal time for a party?!?!! Wait—what do you mean “it’s set by the church calendar to always fall the day before Ash Wednesday?” Well, you think they would’ve petitioned the pope for a change by now if that humid subtropical climate didn’t laissez les bon temps rouler?!?

Yeah, I have no idea either, I guess.

If I could eat in only three states for the rest of my life, Louisiana would be in this select group.

Ambrosia Bakery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Ambrosia Bakery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

More to the point, y’all know the high regard to which I hold the food culture of Cajun Country and the rest of Louisiana (thank you for Tabasco, po’ boys, gumbo, crawfish, jambalaya, boudin, and crackling) and nature abounds.

Worth Pondering…

It started out a dream

A simple someday soon

But we worked hard

and made it real

This snow-bird life

behind the wheel.

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