My friends in Ireland have been sending me pictures of their recent "snow event." It very rarely snows in SW Ireland and when it does it lasts a very short time, hours usually. But this time they had closed roads, cars abandoned as well as wrecked, and the whole infrastructure discombulated in the extreme. But they treated it as a great adventure and got through it in good form.
They find it hard to believe that the High Plains faces an annual temperature range of from -30° to 110° F. Their usual range is something like 40° to 72°. But there is no Gulf Stream on the prairie.