sreichel wrote:Coastal SoCal here, and I have to say the biggest thing that scares me about going east is the weather. It's sunny and ~75 degrees outside, I don't even really own a good coat, just some sweatshirts and a snowboarding jacket. Anyone with experience either in the Penn area or Virginia area originally from California? How gnarly are we talking?
I've lived in Vermont and North Carolina, and the westside of LA for 7 years. You probably will hate winter. Virginia won't be too bad, Phily will be worse. Here are some tips:
1) Don't keep your apartment super warm. This helps you adjust to the cold and makes you more comfortable when you are dressed appropriately.
2) Jackets are overrated. Especially super nice ones. Get something warm that can take a beating and will keep you dry.
3) Layers are underrated. Wool rocks when it's really cold.
4) Gloves and warm hats rock. Again, pay attention to the material.
Overall though, it's not as big a deal as you might think. None of those places are as cold as Vermont.