Day after day of single-digit temps following sub-zero swings will make anyone want to get away, but how realistic is it to take off and fly south for a last-minute vacation?
"It's been pretty horrific," Maggie Aftahi said as she prepared to head to Miami. "I am Midwest-born and raised, and I find it impossible to stay around here and remain upbeat."
Fox 9 News caught up with Aftahi while she was swimsuit shopping on Sunday while she was getting ready for what can only be described as a desperation vacation.
"We're going to South Beach -- get away, my husband and I," she said. "We'll escape the children and get out of this frigid temperature."
She isn't the only one setting her eyes on sunnier spots either. The year-round beachwear boutique Nani Nalu has been bustling with customers who have had enough of winter and want to get outfitted for some spontaneous fun in the sun.
"Mexico is my biggest seller right now, the most affordable," Shannon McCloskey, of Happy Time Travel, told Fox 9 News.
McCloskey said her phone has been ringing off the hook as people look for help getting a deal on a get-away.
"It's people that say, 'I don't care where I go, I don't care when I leave -- just send me somewhere warm,'" she relayed.
So, Fox 9 News challenged her to find some deals where the only requirements were sunshine, a beach, and tropical drinks with umbrellas in them. For a person leaving in the next week or so, the prices in Fort Meyers, Florida, could let a couple enjoy a week away for $2,300, all told. For $200 more, the same couple could enjoy an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, and $3,000 will book a week in Jamaica.