Hey Susie, I'm in the Ohio Valley, that funky area where KY meets OH and IN?
Anyways here in Florence, KY (greater Cincinnati area) the winters are like you describe altho probably not as severe. We got slammed by a Christmas storm last year; 20 inches I think? We get ice storms and cold temps, only part of the time are the wind chills that bad. Normally it's quite bearable and the winters here, *IMHO*, are beautiful! There's something beautiful about the savagry of wintertime itself. "Stay inside and drink hot cocoa and snuggle"... =-)
SUMMER... being in a valley we have the worst allergies here. My daughter just started suffering from allergies last year; she's swollen shut this morning, her poor eyes. People walk around all high on Benedryl and Allegra around here. Our Springs are bootiful too with everything coming to life but bein' in a valley... all that pollen, mold and well... pollution... "smog alerts" will be starting in about 2 months... Summers are very very humid (walk outside and your breath just STOPS... ), hot, sometimes it can get to around 100 ... 1999 was the worst Summer that I remember in a long time.
We get droughts here, water conservation warnings, etc. during Summer. Then, we'll get hit with a huge rainstorm that will swell the Ohio River & the streets and well the water warnings are off.
The best season in Cincinnati is by far Autumn. No more humidity, leaves changing colors, pumpkin & apple festivals, cool nights & cool days... just lovely!