Thrillist is a travel website that is constantly looking for the best of the best. But in this case, they are comparing all 50 states in terms of winter misery. So, fortunately, or unfortunately this is where our tri-state region shines - miserable winters!


Thrillist believes that underneath all that "Minnesota nice" you might encounter in the "land of 10,000 lakes" beats the heart of a state that is one of the most miserable places to be in the wintertime. With temps that can hit minus 60 and parts of the state getting 170 inches of snow, they have a right to be downright crabby in the winter. Because of this Minnesota earns the rank of second most miserable state in winter.

South Dakota

South Dakota's rank on this travel list this year is number four. The Thrillist assessment of our South Dakota winters is that they "are harsh and completely unpredictable". If last winter and what we've experienced so far this year is any indication, their understanding of our winters is dead on.


Iowa's judgment for being a miserable winter state came from the Thrillist author's personal experience driving through the state during a winter whiteout snowstorm. That instance was terrifying enough to warrant putting Iowa in sixth place on the most miserable winter states list.

Here are the Top Ten Most Miserable States in the Winter:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Minnesota
  3. Michigan
  4. South Dakota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Iowa
  7. Nebraska
  8. Maine
  9. Illinois
  10. Ohio

To see the complete story, check out Thrillist.

Source: Thrillist

A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:


10 Wild South Dakota Snowstorms

Even though snow is blanketing the Sioux Empire, some snowstorms still do not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlighted ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the road during the winter. South Dakotans are well aware of the fact that the state’s winters can be harsh which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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