We all know Minnesota winters can be long and hard, but negative double digits is pretty cold, even for the heartiest Minnesotans. So, that had David from Red Wing wanting to know: Where does this cold weather start? Basically, the air circulates all over the world. In theory, you could balloon around the world if you caught the right winds.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says high winds and extreme cold will make travel risky in parts of Minnesota. Officials are urging no unnecessary travel in south-central and southwestern Minnesota Tuesday night.
Minneapolis Police officers are being asked to keep an eye out for people on the street who may not be dressed properly, or are in need of help. “It doesn’t take long in these sub-zero temperatures for people to get hurt,” said First Precinct Inspector Medaria Arradondo. He says one of his officers has even started to hand out blankets to those in need.
Three men in Minneapolis saved a woman who might have frozen to death on New Year’s Eve. The three say they never hesitated to run toward the screams and help.
Authorities said a 6-year-old girl died Thursday morning after being exposed to frigid elements in Bemidji. Police in Bemidji were called at about 6:23 a.m. to a weather-related medical call on the 900 block of Carter Circle NE.
CenterPoint Energy says customers should expect this month’s bill to be 35-50 percent higher than last month because of the record cold. According to Xcel Energy, its customers are expected to use 14 percent more natural gas this January compared to January 2013.
With school closures due to the extreme cold again this week, some parents may have been wondering what to do with their kids to stave off cabin fever. Since it’s too cold for outdoor activities like sledding or making snowmen, I went in search of the Best Cold Day Getaway in Minnesota.
For the second day in a row, hundreds of schools in Minnesota are closed because of extremely cold weather. A bank sign in Champlin was flashing 25 degrees below zero overnight. Many school districts said they were concerned about kids waiting outside for buses Tuesday morning, so they played it safe and canceled classes.
The extremely cold weather means more days off for students, and more headaches for parents and schools. Tuesday marks the fifth time many schools have closed this month, including a rare, statewide shutdown by Governor Mark Dayton. For Marisa Lee’s children, Iris and William, it’s starting to feel like these cold, school-free days are becoming the norm. “They are really excited, of course. They’re loving all the days off,” Lee said.
Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an emergency order to help stranded motorists caught in Minnesota’s cold wave.
“Cold Weather Companions” is a program designed and run by the people at Synergy Home Care. They not only help seniors and the homebound continue to live independently, but they also make sure they aren’t unnecessarily exposed to the harsh elements. Anne Gerber uses Meto Mobility to run errands, but when it’s double-digits below zero outside, she counts on the help of Bethany Ekstrand from Synergy. “For Anne, sometime it’s just telling her that it’s ridiculously cold outside and she shouldn’t be going anywhere,” Ekstrand said.
Tight supplies of propane and bitter temperatures across much of the nation are putting the squeeze on a number of rural communities. That’s because rural residents rely on propane fuel to heat their homes and businesses. But a severe shortage of propane is forcing the price of LP to skyrocket.
Many school districts across the state canceled classes because of the extreme cold, which meant getting the word out to families, so they could make arrangements. But still, school officials know that sometimes not everyone gets the message.
4th day of school closings due to Extreme Cold…..are more to come? Listen to the Superintendent of Anoka Hennepin District talk with John Hines by clicking the link above.
Blowing snow and icy roads are causing hazardous travel conditions in Minnesota as another cold snap moves in. Temperatures will dip into the negative teens and 20s overnight and into Monday, prompting officials to warn state residents to stay inside.
Anoka-Hennepin School District has announced they will cancel classes for Monday, joining a number of other schools making the same decision.
To school administrators: I get it, your job is hard. But being a mom, dad or guardian of a child is too. I get that when the high is -10, schools should be closed. What I don’t get is why these calls are not made sooner so that parents can make plans, not only for their children but for their own work schedules.
Snow forecast for this weekend and extreme cold expected early next week have led Rochester, Austin and Winona public schools to cancel classes for Monday, and other Minnesota school districts are thinking about it.
More severely cold temperatures are expected to hit Minnesota on Monday, and that means school could be cancelled yet again for thousands of students. Mary Olson, spokesperson for Anoka-Hennepin Schools, says the district has received many phone calls from parents asking if schools will be closed Monday due to the predicted cold. She says the district will wait until Sunday to make the call, but they will cancel school if the weather is cold as or colder than it’s been on previous “cold days.”
In his twelve years as superintendent at Minnetonka Public Schools, Dr. Dennis Peterson has called off school three, maybe four times. Each time it was for snow, not cold.
The end of our extreme cold weather is coming soon. But the warmup we’ve been waiting for will bring big problems for some homeowners. Pipes that froze and cracked during the freeze could soon dump hundreds of gallons of water into basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Plumbing companies say it’s been a couple decades since they’ve seen this many problems. And they say homeowners better get them fixed as soon as possible.
CenterPoint Energy officials say the company broke a new natural gas send-out record on Monday, when an arctic vortex hung over the Midwest causing air temperatures in Minnesota to fall down to 20 degrees below zero.
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.