Winter Storm Bella Pelts the Midwest and This Season's First Insane, Snowy Photos Hit Social Media 

It's finally winter in the Midwest.

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Start reaching for your fleece blanket, your snifter of brandy, and your wool socks. And don’t forget to cue the Game of Thrones jokes, because winter is coming. But if you’re in the Midwest, it already arrived hand-in-hand with Winter Storm Bella, which dumped over a foot of of snow in some places on November 20 and 21.

While it’s 50 and sunny in most places across the continental U.S., states from South Dakota to Michigan have been mired in a snowy mess. Some people went to bed and woke up with an extra half inch on their cars, while others found their patio furniture under a thick blanket of that white stuff. In fact, the 5.4 inches of snow at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport clocks in at the fourth-biggest snowfall on record for November in the area.


Even though we’ve been basking in this warm autumn, it’s time to start bracing yourselves for the season of special snowflake photos flooding your Instagram feed. Here are some of the photos from this weekend’s flurry-filled storm.

So start bundling up and planning your Insta-filters now. It’s going to be a chilly — but beautiful — few months from here on out.

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