Dressing for winter running is not just about staying warm. It is about staying the right temperature range. Because of the extreme cold of the weather in winter, much of your effort will be to keep as much of the temperature your body will create as possible.
I will make a clarification that I mean running, as a distinctly more vigorous activity than jogging. The goal is to get your blood pumping hard. Staying active is a great way to stay warm and raise your spirits in the dark months of winter. It may even help you keep off some of those unwanted holiday pounds.
Following these guidelines, some of my friends and I have been able to dress warm enough to run through mild to moderate blizzard conditions. If you decide to do so, please keep safety highly in mind as conditions can change rapidly and rescue may not be possible if things get bad enough.
Runners are crazy. As such I am a little extreme about the minimal level to which I add insulation. I will try to bare in mind that most other people who are also running do not have the tolerance to cold that I do.
Step 1: Know the weather
Then on the way back, with the wind at your back, you will run a little faster and your body will already have made an effort to acclimate to the additional cold of the wind stripping heat away. This will make you feel warmer. Also, by the time you get a couple miles into the run, you will have started to sweat. By the time you turn back into the wind. you could be quite wet, despite the cold air.
The more you can do to protect yourself against wind in this region or any like it, the less you will find air temperature is a significant factor.