I've said it before and I'll say it again: people from New Hampshire are a special breed of human, and I mean that in the best possible way. When the flakes start falling, our true essence comes out.

It happens a hand full of times a Winter (sometimes two hand fulls) when we are able to shout those two glorious words we've been waiting for: "SNOW DAY!" Dogs, kids, and fully-grown adults will be outside making snow angels and living their best lives.

To get our hearts and bodies prepared for lots of snow, let's look back at some of my favorite New Hampshire Winter moments.

Some people take it as an opportunity to show off their heartiness! Heartiness comes in many forms. It could mean you brave the storm for a case of Smuttynose beer. It could mean you hop on your moped for a quick trip to Rite Aid despite blizzard-like conditions. Or it could mean you add a second plow to the back of your truck to see how quickly you can get the job done.

And of course, our already breathtaking lakes and mountains look even more stunning covered in a fresh coat of snow. Winter time is when New Hampshire looks prettier than a postcard (let's face it, she looks like that all year round).

Here are 10 photos that capture the essence of Winter in New Hampshire:

10 'Only in New Hampshire' Pics from the First Snowstorm of the Season

10 pics that show the essence of people and places in New Hampshire after the first snowstorm of the season.

Gallery Credit: Kira Lew

Now that the winter is officially upon us, let's review the different kinds of drivers you might encounter in our fine state:

5 Drivers You'll See on New Hampshire Roads This Winter

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