Outerwear should be selected to suit region where you live.
NEW YORK -- Depending where you live, "winter weather" could mean snow accompanied by whipping winds or a little drizzle on a 40-degree day. That means different outerwear best suits different parts of the country.
Lands' End has broken up the United States into four weather categories and suggests appropriate weight jackets for each:
Region 1: This area (Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire) has an average January temperature of 13.4 degrees and an average yearly snowfall of 65.1 inches. A jacket with 650-fill down is "virtually impervious" to whatever Jack Frost conjures up.
Region 2: These states (Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York and Washington state) have an average January temperature of 26 degrees and yearly snowfall of 41 inches. A jacket with a soft fleece lining, such as Aircore-200, with a windproof, water-repellent shell is just right.
Region 3: This region (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland) has an average January temperature of 32 degrees and a yearly snowfall of 20.5 inches. A fleece jacket treated with a water repellent should keep you warm when light precipitation is blowing.
Region 4: This area (Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida) has an average January temperature of 50 degrees and only 1.8 inches of snow. The important thing here is staying dry during a cold rain. A Gore-Tex jacket with sealed seams should be perfect.
Warm-up steps like wearing a hat, mittens and waterproof boots, can hold in warmth from head to toe.