I think WorN makes some valid points in there. I would guess that his life has been affected by cold weather in ways others' lives have not. The "fear" to which he alludes is something I can identify with somewhat, but ironically, on the opposite end of the spectrum.
I've lived without utilities, having had only running water, in both the heat of summer and the dead of winter, while living in an end brick row house with the exposed side to the southwest. And I'm not talking about going without for a few days; I'm talking about weeks on end with no relief in sight.
I've always found it easier to handle the physical and mental challenges of keeping me and mine (and even the pipes and caving-in roof) warm because I could stay alert and always had a more positive state of mind in extreme cold compared to extreme heat. Normal hot, muggy weather just drains me to the point of lethargic misery; if my life is going to go off into a ditch, it's much, much more likely to happen in an extended heat wave than during a renegade polar vortex winter. Forecasted extremes of 100° heat strike the kind of deep-seated fear in me that I think WorN must experience when he hears forecasts of impending ice storms, so I do sympathize. Many of my family and friends are just the opposite from me.
I believe that it all "boils" down to how each person's brain and body is hard-wired and what neurotransmitters are plentiful and well-utilized by that brain. And that's a subject for a different forum, or several.
Despite my personal preferences, I'd like to put forth this debating point: extremes of heat occur closer to the equator and extremes of cold closer to the poles; it seems that there there are far more people living close to the equator than there are living close to the poles. So maybe there's a kind of collective survival instinct that says tells us that the species in general will survive extremes of heat better than extremes of cold, otherwise we'd have populated this earth according to very different patterns than we have.