Michigan is in the middle of a record-setting cold spell, and even though we deal with the cold every winter, that doesn't make it any easier.

Flint and Detroit have broken 100 year cold records so far this winter, and the snowfall in northern Michigan has been insane. If given the choice though, I would take snow over extreme cold any day. The snow can be fun if you are able to stay out long enough, but the extreme cold is really just there to make life hard.

Here are five things that are much harder to do during this extreme deep freeze in Michigan. Just a side note, there are many more than five, but I have to go chip the ice off my windshield so I don't have all day.



Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you don't have things to do, right? You have friends, a job, activities, and probably a million other things. When it's this cold though, all you want to do is sit in the house and complain about how cold it is. The one thing that can help make this better is knowing that nobody else wants to do anything either.


The moment you sit in your car in the morning might be the worst moment of your life . . . every single day. There are plenty of other seats that shock your butt into a cold-induced rage including (but not limited too) toilet seats, school desks, bus seats, and anything outside.


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Sure the ice is a hazard, but that's nothing compared to trying to see out of the porthole you scraped in your ice filled windshield. Then there is the fact that you don't want any bare skin touching any part of your car until it's properly warmed up. If you make it through all of those issues, you'll definitely crash while you try to take a pic of the outdoor temp on your car's dashboard.


Obviously eating isn't that hard, but getting the food to eat is not easy. All anyone really wants is a big bowl of hot chili or soup. Nobody wants to be the person to actually get up and make it for everyone though. During normal temps, you would just run to a restaurant or something, but reasons 1 and 3 pretty much rule that out. So what usually ends up happening is one person breaks down and makes food . . . or everyone just eats chips.


Let's say you conquer the previous four things, and actually make it into work. All you've really done is open up a whole new bag of problems. If you work in an office, then you're surrounded by space heaters. If you happen to have a job where you are outside at all, then you deserve an award.

The only thing that makes any one of these five things worse is when you run across the one person that swears up and down that it's not that cold out.  You can usually recognize this person by the cargo short/hoodie combo that they sport all year long. There is another type of person who will say some absolutely dumb stuff like this, but he usually wears a top hat, carrot nose, coal for eyes, and is a snowman.

There's no easy way to deal with the cold, but make sure you and your loved ones do your best to stay warm.

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