Winter Misery Index: Illinois Ranks No. 13

CHICAGO (CBS) — So far, winter around here has been pretty tame, but we all know that could change quickly.

Illinois winters can get pretty rough, but it could be worse. When it comes to the worst winter states, Minnesota takes the title, according to a ranking by Thrillist.

Illinois ranks No. 13; Indiana, No. 16; Michigan, No. 2; and Wisconsin, No. 7.

Actually, just about any state in the top 15 is about equally miserable at one time or another in winter.

“Keeping Illinois from an even worse ranking: most of the time the state’s pretty on-point as far as snow removal goes,” according to Thrillist.

Perhaps the most frightening, is the article’s description of Indiana’s Interstate 65.

“I-65, the state’s main artery, has a knack for turning into a undriveable frozen windswept hellscape to the point where the state actually shuts it down, forcing traffic onto equally dubious state highways. If you’ve ever stared into a barren tundra of a frozen harvested cornfield and thought to yourself that this could be the beginnings of the apocalypse, well…”

And Michigan’s misery is described, thusly:

“Winter in Michigan begins well before Thanksgiving and stretches far past Easter, which makes for four-to-six wearisome months of always-gray, always-cold, always-drizzly, but-rarely-snowy-in-a-good-way misery.”

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