I'm on my way to Tbilisi Georgia where I plan to stay all winter and since I'm from a warm country I'd like to know how cold it will get and whether I will need to invest in some winter clothing and gear.
I'm from Australia but I've travelled a lot with winters in Western Europe, USA, and Canada and I've experienced as low as -40 degrees below zero so I know I can handle it.
But winters vary greatly. I would've expected Georgia to be frozen but I'm told the capital is pretty temperate and every time I asked my friends if there was snow last winter I got the answer "not yet". I think the Caucasus mountains offer a lot of protection.
So how cold can I expect it to get? Is there typically no snow, only bits that melt again, or does it pile up and go icy and slippery? How about wind and rain and humidity? Should I buy special winter clothes or will jeans and a couple of extra layers suffice?
I should add that my budget is very tight so I wouldn't mind second-hand jacket or coat and I would definitely prefer to buy my winter stuff in Georgia, does that mean I'd end up with cheap and old but good leather/fur as opposed to expensive and new and good hi-tech western stuff?
There's a similar question about a short visit to western Europe but I don't think my question about a long stay in the Caucasus is a duplicate.