As we anticipate our first snowfall of 2017, some may be looking forward to the dusting that's about to befall Ocean County. But others (myself included) will be grumbling about it. But when we look at the country as a whole, at least we can take solace in the fact that it could be worse.

A group of experts took a look at all 50 states and ranked where each landed as far as who has the worst winter.

And by "a group of experts", I mean a pair of guys who write for a lifestyle website. But hey, if you take a look at the list, they definitely have some valid points.

Not surprisingly, Hawaii landed in the prime spot of #50, with the least winter headaches. Although to be fair, it should be noted that even Hawaii has been experiencing some surprising snowfall totals lately.

The worst winters in the U.S. according to this list? Minnesota.

As someone who was born in Wisconsin (#7, by the way), I can attest to the misery of a Midwestern winter.

So what about us?

They put The Garden State right in the middle of the pack, at #24.

I can't really argue with that. And hey, being average isn't always a bad thing, right?

So as we head into the heart of winter here at the Jersey Shore, just remember one thing, New Jersey, keep repeating this mantra in your head every time it snows - at least we're not Minnesota!



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