November 29, 2016 - 2:22pm
It's important to take care of your mind and body in the winter in order to avoid seasonal affective disorder

The season of frozen sidewalks, 20-degree wind chill and dark, cloudy skies is upon us. The winter is a tough time for many but, Syracuse natives, from November until the last days of April, deal with few days of sunlight and face an average of more than 10 feet of snow per year, according to the National Weather Service. 

December 10, 2015 - 9:53pm
Facing the forces of nature in style has never been easier with this makeup routine.

Although makeup horror stories are far too common, many of them involve battling the elements. Wintertime winds can often dry out skin, while the snow and rain can cause makeup to run. Vaniah Montanez, a makeup artist for the Italian-based Flormar cosmetic brand in Destiny USA, provides simple steps on how to secure makeup just in time to face the onslaught of holiday parties.

March 7, 2014 - 2:18pm
As the snow starts to melt and the days get longer, getting out of your sleepy winter routine can be a hard first step. Follow these tips, and you'll be ready for bikini season before the Quad thaws out.

Once the first snow fell, you might have fallen into winter hibernation, like a bear. It's a natural reaction, but the human version of hibernation generally involves drinking gallons of hot chocolate and hours of food-coma-induced Netflix binges. This winter has been particularly long and cold, so many of us are reaping the consequences of our sedentary lifestyles -- something which we are acutely aware of as we try on our Spring Break bikinis. Don't worry: with these five simple steps, you can whip your body back into shape before the grass on the Quad becomes visible again.

March 2, 2014 - 9:39am
At a time of year when we most need it, sledding at Greyrock Farm gives us a reason to get some fresh air and reminds us of why winter in CNY can be great by combining the best of what this long, snowy season has to offer.

It has been said that Syracuse feels the snow in its bones.

Well, if that's the case, this winter -- which in my opinion has felt extra cold, extra snowy, and extra long -- might prove why snow and ice are part of our collective CNY DNA.

And perhaps it's this biological condition, this genetic disposition which gives Central New Yorkers that admirable and insane winter fortitude -- something we all rightfully take great pride in, by the way.

February 5, 2014 - 4:51pm
Students reacted happily to news that classes were canceled after 2:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after a persistent snowfall.

As soon as Syracuse University canceled classes Wednesday afternoon, the collective cheers could be heard across campus.

Students at Schine Student Center erupted in excitement after they received the official email notification. Many said they were ready to take a break from the bone-chilling weather.

“I am really happy,” said Jacqueline Sarro, an arts and sciences freshman. “We are supposed to go to a theater tonight for the Spanish class and now we don’t have to go.”

January 28, 2014 - 2:12pm
Outdoor training in these sub-zero temperatures can be challenging -- but when dressed appropriately, winter workouts can be a real treat for the senses.

The first few months of the year are the perfect time to implement new training goals and healthy changes. But it can be a battle to deal with cold temperatures, shorter days and — for many students — adapting to a new region with abnormally brutal weather patterns.

Luckily for us, Central New York is full of outdoor beauty. When the weather permits, let the outdoors inspire you to pull on some warm clothes and fulfill that New Year’s exercise resolution — and burn off all those holiday cookies you consumed over winter break.

October 20, 2013 - 4:28pm
Before the snow reaches Syracuse, be sure to check out the best Central New York spots to take in a beautiful Fall day.

As we reach mid-October, it’s hard to shift the thoughts of the upcoming winter into the back of our minds. But sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take advantage of the beautiful Central New York Fall instead of anticipating the colder months. Here are a few spots you have to visit to sneak in that last bit of adventure (and sun) before the snow falls.

November 8, 2012 - 3:30pm
Volunteers at community gardens around Syracuse pull up the last fruits and vegetables and make preparations for winter.

Deborah Keirsey worked quickly. She was undeterred by the rain drizzling down or the finger-stiffening cold as she scooped shovelfuls of dirt away to make room for a young fruit tree. There wasn’t much time left before dark; Keirsey knew there was ample work to get to. After a few turns, her shovel hit something solid. “You’ve got some sparks there!” her daughter, Jessyca, yelled out as Keirsey finally took a moment to laugh.

February 9, 2012 - 7:27pm
Mittens, scarves and down jackets remain stashed away on many days as Syracuse experiences an atypically mild winter.

This winter is, thus far, Syracuse's fourth warmest since 1902. And following last year's nearly record-setting winter for snowfall, the total this year in Syracuse is almost 12 feet less than at this time in February, according to the National Weather Service.

February 5, 2012 - 3:02pm
In the second installment of the G-Fit series, Bridget Daley uncovers a lesser-known winter activity called snowshoeing, which has been gaining national popularity in the past few years.

Though the snow is far from plentiful so far this winter, odds are it will come soon enough in the tundra we call Central New York. And when it does, it comes with a vengeance. No need to stay inside watching re-runs of the Bachelor and complaining though. Skiing and snowboarding are all well and good, but some people are not able to handle the icy East Coast slopes and rigors of balance that come with those endeavors, not to mention the average lift ticket is 50 dollars. An active alternative you're looking for then? Snowshoeing!