DULUTH, MN -- Cold and snow over the past few days has quickly turned the Northlands fall colors into a winter wonderland.
We asked a few locals how they felt about the quick weather transition, and despite being a little thrown off, they adapted.
"Pretty surprised, I was hoping for fall to last a little bit longer, but I guess snow came early this year," said Duluthian Lars Olson.
Olson has lived in Minnesota his whole life and tries to find the positives that winter has to offer, whether that be to use shoveling as a form of working out or going skating.
"Pond hockey! I used to play hockey, so now I just go out on the pond and play with my buddies and it's fun," added Olson.
From the pond to the slopes, Jordan Woods, who works at Duluth Ski Hut couldn't be more excited to see the flakes fly.
"I've been ready for winter for the past nine months, winter is kind of my thing. I'm excited we're past the pretty fall leaves, and I'm ready to get into some actual snow now," said Woods.
Just since the first snow this past Saturday, he's seen a lot more customers walk into the shop.
"A ton of people have been in to buy skis, it been a crazy year, but we figured it would be like this," said Woods.
As for downhill skiing, Woods said you will have to wait until the resorts open, but for cross country, there are ways you can get out there now.
"You can go out on golf courses or anywhere it's legal; backyards and where there is a couple of inches of snow. Grab an old pair of skis and go," said woods.
The snow and cold never seem to arrive when we'd like it to but that's the weather in the Northland.
"I guess that's what comes with living in Minnesota," said Olson.