Environment Planet Earth Winter Weather Can Be Frightful (And if You Don't Live in Erie, It Can Also Be Fun) By Mary Jo DiLonardo Senior Writer University of Cincinnati Mary Jo DiLonardo covers a wide range of topics focused on nature, health, science, and anything that helps make the world a better place. our editorial process Mary Jo DiLonardo Updated December 10, 2019 A Buffalo Bills fan won't be deterred from watching a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 10, 2017, at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Planet Earth Weather Outdoors Conservation There are some places in the world where people can wear flip-flops year round — but most of us don't live there. Instead, we live in places like Erie, Pennsylvania — the new poster child for snow. You might have heard about this snowstorm of a record proportions, with a single-day record of 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day. The city received more than five feet of snow in about 60 hours. These folks are used to snow. But not this much snow. The rest of the country didn't get such an onslaught, but they can still appreciate these winter dilemmas. Like, when you can't drive, you just get creative with transportation. Imagine the sense of accomplishment when you've shoveled the driveway. When you can't stay warm and cozy inside because the dog needs to go out (and you don't want to lose him in the snow)... If you're dealing with serious situations like these, you have our sympathies! But still, if the power is on and you're safe, a good snowfall is worth celebrating. Other parts of the country and the world have been reveling in the white stuff. For example, how 'bout these fans?? It takes a lot of serious artists to create a 262-foot snow sculpture for the Vasaloppet China ski festival in Changchun, China. Artists work on the construction site of a snow sculpture in China's northeastern Jilin province. AFP/Getty Images At this farmers market, everything comes with an extra helping of snow and ice. Snow-covered carrots are for sale at a farmers market in New York in mid-December. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Sometimes the snow makes finding food more of a chore — but finding the cardinals is certainly easier. A cardinal navigates the snow looking for something to eat. Alan Sandercock/Flickr Everyone dresses for the weather when the temperatures plummet ... even the penguins. A penguin is dressed up for the holidays at Harbin Polarland in Harbin, China. Tao Zhang/Getty Images At least the snow didn't totally cover the logo. A snow-covered Rolls Royce sits at a dealership in Connecticut the morning after the season's first snowstorm. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images So, how many days until spring?