not very often, i live a little too far to the south. and i live in the city now too :(
but as a kid, we lived in the countryside, and then i saw them during the coldest winters, once or twice!
but it's been years :(
i would love to see them more often, i'm kinda obsessed with them to :D
it varies, a lot. this last winter, it was very mild. it hardly got below -0 C, and we had very little snow.
the 2 winters before that though, it was crazy :D freakin freazing and looooots of snow!
sometimes snow/cold comes in november already, somtimes it comes in january or even feb.
so.... yeah, varies.
haha people have a lot of strange idea. i had a friend on DA that said she would never be able to visit me, because she would freeze to death. she's from malaysia.
i told her: "well, you can always come visit me in july, we mostly have around +30 C that time of year".
she thought we had winter year around xD