When you take the General Winter ability you get a free hat. Did you not use it? That takes a lot of the sting out of the damage. I do agree that it's still not enough. The snowstorm should be around you, not on top of you. Then you could just sit still and wait it out. If you need to walk through it the hat would at least help that. As a general tip, don't take the Maces skill. None of the old weapon skills are worth taking. They don't add enough utility or damage and they limit your weapon choices because you think twice about using a weapon other than the one you chose. So you either use the two amazing non-mace Chest of Evil weapons you found, or you are totally wasting a skill. Your best bet is to take a skill that will always be useful no matter what items you find. You can obtain 7 Smithing by taking Clockwork Knight in addition to Smithing, or else find special smithing rooms in the lower levels that grant you extra skill when you stand in a certain spot. I recommend taking Clockwork Knight. It's a great skill for a warrior. Much better than something like Maces.