I have lived in Illinois all my life so I really don't mind the winter, except when I have to drive on snowy roads or it gets so cold my face feels like it will freeze off as soon as I step outdoors.

Since we happen to be smack in the middle of the stupid cold part of an Illinois winter, I think a reminder of what things we should and shouldn't be doing to make it through is something we may all need right now.

Wintery picture of a very cold man with a XMAS vibe

Things We Definitely Should NOT Be Doing in Below Zero Temps

It doesn't matter if you LOVE or HATE winter, when the highs are below or near zero degrees, it's too much for everyone...not to mention extremely dangerous.

The bottom is about to severely drop out when it comes to temps in Illinois,  and I believe there are some winter rules we all know we need to follow and some we may forget about.


We (hopefully) all know that we should dress in layers, that leaving our pets outside for an extended time in freezing temps is a big no-no,and that when it snows and we have a sidewalk or a fire hydrant outside our home we need to shovel it.

We all have basic cold survival skills, but now the big question is, how do you make it through the next few months with out sanity in tact?

When it comes to winter, have you ever thought about the little things that could get you into some big trouble, or bring some outdoor joy, when it's below freezing in Illinois? Let's take a look at those...

12 Things You SHOULD and SHOULDN'T Do When It's Below Zero in Illinois

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