We're spending 4 evenings in Fairbanks between Christmas and New Years. We're gambling on seeing the lights, with some museums and sightseeing as we can.
We're renting a car, and hope to drive just out of the city to Cleary Summit and possibly other spots if the lights are out. No dog-sledding, mushing, skiing, or other outdoor activities are planned.
We own winter clothing suitable for here in the midwest; hats, gloves, wool sweaters, wool socks. Those work down to our winter lows between 10 and -5.
In everyone's opinion, would we be best served with buying some gear when arriving in Fairbanks? If so, any recommendations as to the types and brands would be helpful, as well as stores that would carry the equipment.
Most of the forum posts on the subject indicate layers, maybe mittens for extended outdoor time, face protection, synthetic underwear, and boots.
As they say in Wisconsin, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Buying clothing to stay comfortable and safe always seems to be appropriate.
Any input or opinion would be welcome.