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Out-Of-Towners Shocked By Arctic Blast

As uncomfortable as Wednesday has been, most Minnesotans have seen temperatures like this before. But for some, it was unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Moving from South Carolina to Minnesota was a bit of a shock to my system.

01/07/2015

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Man’s Brush With Frostbite Serves As A Warning For Others

Bitter cold weather means hospitals are expecting to see more cases of frostbite. Dr. Ryan Fey at Hennepin County Medical Center said he has about current patients with severe frostbite.

01/06/2015

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Tips For Keeping Your Pets Warm In Extreme Cold

As we get ready for some of the most extreme cold we’ve felt this winter, it’s important to remember our pets. Last year, veterinarians saw more pets with frostbite here in Minnesota. Just like humans, it only takes minutes when the temperatures get below zero.

01/06/2015

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Weather Blog: The Truth About The Polar Vortex

Ahhh, the polar vortex — a term that garnered much more than its 15 minutes of fame last winter. I mean it sounds pretty awesome, like a mutant tornado composed of icicles and doom, and though that’d be something to see, the polar vortex is no polar-bear-nado, but a large scale weather system that has been in existence long before any of us.

01/06/2015

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Winter Blast Means Furnace Repair Companies Get Busy

A cold blast of weather Sunday night into Monday morning meant furnace repair businesses in the Twin Cities saw a spike in business. Several repair companies told WCCO-TV they saw two to three times more calls for repairs than on an average day.

01/05/2015

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Deep Freeze Doesn’t Keep Minnesotans Cooped Up

It was a little more challenging Monday for people to get through the cold weather and in to work. It was well below zero when Dan Risser left his home for work. He saddled up his bicycle and pedaled through the chill to his job as a short-order cook.

01/05/2015

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Dangerous Cold, Snow As Arctic Air Hovers Over Minnesota

Minnesotans awoke Monday to dangerous subzero temperatures, wind chill values that could cause frostbite in minutes, and a coming winter storm.

01/05/2015

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Wind Chill Warnings As Extreme Cold Falls On Minnesota

Dangerous arctic cold and strong winds descended upon Minnesota on Sunday morning, creating the possibility of wind chill factors as low as 45 below.

01/04/2015

Wednesday Forecast 12-31-14

Frigid Temps Expected For New Year’s Eve Revelers

Forecasters say bitter cold temperatures will greet New Year’s revelers venturing outdoors. A wind chill advisory is in effect for all of central and southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin through 10 a.m. Wednesday.

12/31/2014

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Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Until Noon

A wind chill advisory is in effect Tuesday morning for Minnesota and western Wisconsin as a blast of arctic air descended on the Upper Midwest.

12/30/2014

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Weekend Snow Emergency Info For The Twin Cities Metro

For those traveling in the Twin Cities metro on Sunday for the Vikings game or just to hang out, here’s what you need to know – or have access to – in regards to snow emergency rules.

12/28/2014

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Snow Storm Blankets Twin Cities

Winter is back in the Twin Cities after a storm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in parts of the metro area Friday night. Reports show snow totals Saturday morning ranged from 3.6 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to 6 inches in Little Canada. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 100 crashes overnight. A dozen involved injuries. No fatal accidents had been reported.

12/27/2014

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Will We Have A White Christmas This Year?

Rain is falling on Minnesota, just days before Christmas. The wet weekend ushered in a rainy Monday morning, with clouds moving in from the southeast. Much of the snow that had blanketed Minnesota from a frigid November has now been washed away by mild December weather.

12/22/2014

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Officials Urge Caution On The Ice As Temperatures Rise

Several law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are urging caution on the ice as temperatures over the weekend climbed to unseasonable highs.

12/14/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Numbingly Cold November

Ahhh, September 2014; six days spent soaking up 80° highs and 12 days in the 70s. October 2014 followed and offered up plentiful 60° days as well. And then came November.

12/01/2014

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Minnesotans Carry Out Traditions Despite Thanksgiving Cold

It is the coldest Thanksgiving in nearly 30 years, but that doesn’t stop Minnesotans from enjoying their Thanksgiving traditions. A group of high school friends spent the morning at Roseville Area High School playing football, a tradition a decade in the making.

11/27/2014

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This Could Be The Coldest Thanksgiving Since 1930

Minnesotans woke up to subzero temperatures on Thanksgiving Day, and if the mercury doesn’t make it to the double digits, the day could be one for the record books.

11/27/2014

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Don’t Get Your Hopes Up, The Warmth Won’t Last

Following a week filled with subzero temperatures, Minnesotans woke up Sunday morning to see the mercury climb into the fifties.

11/23/2014

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Fmr. Minn Residents Almost Miss Home After Massive East Coast Snow

By now you may have seen the video. Seventy seven inches of snow in less than 48 hours. Buffalo, N.Y.’s winter wonderland has many layers, layers that are providing many headaches for people like Lisa McEwen.

11/20/2014

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State Troopers Take WCCO On Their Winter Driving Course

After a deadly weekend, the Minnesota State Patrol is offering reminders for driving on winter roads. “It’s about a week transition from summer months into the cold weather driving,” said Sgt. Ruben Marichalar. “Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not that nice to us this year.” Six people were killed in car accidents on icy roads this past weekend. Saturday marked the deadliest day on Minnesota roads since July 4.

11/19/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Climate Change Increasing Lightning Strikes?

There are 1.4 billion lightning strikes globally each year — 25 million of those bolts occur in the U.S., and that number may be going way up. A study, recently published in the journal Science, concludes that a 50 percent increase in lightning strike frequency is possible by the end of the century.

11/19/2014

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Weather Blog: That Lake Effect, Tho!

The pictures coming out of areas just south of Buffalo, NY today are insane. There’s enough snow to half-bury an NFL kicker, for Santa’s Sake!

11/18/2014

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November Cold Could Beat Record

On Monday we got the snow. “I got out of work early just to come home and work some more,” said Rob Adams of Isanti. On Tuesday we got the cold, and it doesn’t plan on leaving us anytime soon. These November temperatures are about 20-degrees below normal. That means extra layers for bikers. “There’s never a bad time to ride, just bad preparation,” said bicyclist Guy Still.

11/11/2014

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Weather Blog: November Snows Go Big

No practice snowfall to acclimate us to the shift in weather and wardrobe this season. In a mere two weeks’ time, sandals were replaced with snow boots, as Oct 27 featured high temperatures in the upper 60s and on Monday sidewalks became shrouded in fall snow, demanding more than one ruler to measure in many locations.

11/11/2014