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Latest Minnesota Weather
Move over, Florida. New numbers show that Minnesota could finish first when it comes to disaster insurance claims. Last year, Minnesota generated nearly $800 million in claims, and that’s only through the third quarter. If you’re wondering why your premium is going through the roof, you can blame what’s falling on your roof. Hail from storms on Aug. 6 damaged roofs, windows and siding all over the south metro.
The extreme cold has made driving a challenge for many across the metro area. From cars that didn’t start to fender benders along every stretch of highway, this polar blast translates into big bucks for repair shops. The majority of those shops have holding areas filled with dozens of banged up vehicles waiting to be repaired.
Schools canceled classes for a second day as dangerous arctic air kept an icy grip on Minnesota where at least one hospital saw a record number of frostbite cases. At Regions Hospital in St. Paul, 14 people were treated for frostbite and eight patients suffered from hypothermia in the last two days.
On Monday, AAA and mechanics across the Twin Cities were flooded with calls from people whose car batteries had died. So, that had Jeff from Minneapolis and Kristen from Cottage Grove wondering: How often should we start our cars when it’s this cold? Paul Hagen, owner of Hagen’s Auto Body, says cars are made very differently from twenty years ago, making them more likely to start in the cold.
While cars had trouble starting Monday, dozens of planes didn’t get off the ground at all. Some airlines had to cancel flights after jet fuel actually froze at airports across the Midwest. There were 50 flights cancelled and more than two dozen delays at MSP Monday. But almost none of them had to do with the local weather, according to airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.
Minnesota’s largest school districts aren’t taking any chances with this bone-chilling cold. Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Public Schools will all be closed again Tuesday. The superintendents say it’s just too cold for students to wait for buses or walk to school.
Governor Mark Dayton closed every Minnesota school Monday because of the weather, but he’s allowing school districts to make their own decisions on Tuesday. State officials say the governor called off schools because the dangerous cold came while districts were not completely prepared after coming off of a two-week holiday. Many local districts are opting to close for a second day, including Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Minnesota’s deep freeze has caused a surge of cold-related cases at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Spokeswoman Kristin Kauffmann says the Regions emergency room had seen five people for frostbite and five for hypothermia by 10 a.m. Monday.
As Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to mandate all public schools be closed for Monday, many parents may be left wondering how to keep their children busy this afternoon. One potential and thrifty option was just announced at the Mall of America, where the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park will be offering free rides all day.
Monday’s frigid temperatures are creating extra work for heating repair companies. CenterPoint Energy has tripled its staff since Sunday and technicians are working around the clock. Smaller heating repair companies are also seeing a big boost in business.
A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, goes the old saying. For the tens of millions of Americans currently trapped in the deep freeze: It’s not the cold, it’s the wind. Air temperatures plunging into the negative teens, twenties and even thirties Sunday into Monday are bad enough.
Hundreds of school districts, businesses and government offices are closed as an arctic blast plunged temperatures to subzero lows not seen in nearly two decades in Minnesota. The National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning through Tuesday. Forecasters say wind chill temperatures are expected to drop as low as 65 below zero.
Monday’s polar vortex is plunging millions of homes into dangerously cold conditions. Water pipes can burst, furnaces can be overworked, and carbon monoxide can build up if you’re using a fireplace that’s not properly ventilated. The CDC has a list of precautions that can help keep you safe during the subzero snap.