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Minn. 'snow birds' begin to head south for the winter

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Halloween has come and gone and we've entered November.  Living in the Upper Midwest we all know what that means.

Some of us are fortunate enough to live two lives: a warm one and a cold one.

It's about this time of the year a mass exodus of trailers and cars hit the highways for their winter home far away from here.

They've been given the title of 'snow birds'.

"It's warmer, a lot warmer," said Minnesota resident Russell Cockerham, as he was on his way toward warmer climates Monday.

He enjoys living in the north during the warm months-- but living in warmer areas during our winter months.

"It's more relaxing down there You don't have to put up with the snow, ice and whatever," said Cockerham.

And escaping well this in the months ahead.

We talked to several residents at a travel stop just south of Albert Lea on Monday. With its location smack dab in the center of I-35 and I-90, this rest area sees its fair share of action with vehicles, especially this time of year for people to escape weather like this and the white stuff as we head into Winter. The Cockershams, for instance, were en route to Texas.

"Average temperature down there is between 60 and 65 for highs and around 40 for lows," said Cockerham.

Another traveller is heading south as well.

"Only to Iowa," said Susan Kelly.

As it turns out, just not that far south.

"Her son just moved to Miami and my brother lives in Sarasota and we both just retired so as soon as we get our act together we're going to go visit both of them, all the time," Kelly told us.

But if you're like most of you are probably staying home for the bulk of Winter, but there are some positives to take away as the days turn colder and likely whiter.

"I can't imagine Christmas without snow, but I think I could cope," said Kelly.

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