No daylight, clouds or no clouds. Slightly below freezing. Snow taller than kids, or stamped flat into deadly sheets of ice. When the wind blows you think about digging a hole. climbing in, and waiting until it stops. No precipitation for a while, but when it hits it will hit hard for days on end.
"Life on the frontier!" they said, "live the adventure!" they said.
*clutches warm mug of hot cocoa and stares into the middle distance*