The act of embracing winter is what makes living in Minnesota bearable. And for many, it means standing alongside an outdoor hockey rink. Thousands of folks are doing just that in Elk River this week, site of the 2014 Hockey Day in Minnesota events. The city was chosen in large part due to the historic Handke Stadium, where organized hockey began in Elk River nearly 60 years ago.
The winter months are notorious for their accompanying skin problems. Rather than suffer through, the WCCO Morning Show decided to call the doctor in to find out what’s really happening to our skin this time of year.
If you’ve made it through a Minnesota winter, then you’re familiar with those whitish-grey shoe stains from all that salt. From commuting shoes to just allowing the salt to take over, everyone has a coping strategy. Bob Fisher, owner of Bob’s Shoe Repair in Wayzata, says Winter is a great time for business. He’s been repairing shoes, or “saving souls” as he puts it, for 43 years.
In cold weather climates, the traditional farming season is over by the first freeze. But a new trend in agriculture is allowing farming to continue year round.
Escape the cold with some hot jazz performed by some of Minnesota’s best high school bands at the 2nd Annual Winter Jazz Blast.
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.
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.
Many people were out and about Saturday, running last-minute errands in preparation to stay at home for a few days. Grocery stores were busy with people stocking up before the winter blast. At Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, cross-country skiers and runners got out and enjoyed the brief stint of warmer temperatures. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation is closing all of its facilities Saturday at 6 p.m. until Tuesday at noon because of the weather.
Snow-covered, icy streets can get the best of even the heartiest Minnesotan. Almost all of us have stumbled or had a hard time trudging through fresh snowfall. But winter weather poses an especially difficult challenge for people who use wheelchairs. The snow makes it difficult to maneuver and steer, and it can be so limiting that many people lower their activity level, dramatically.
We only need to take a few steps outside to feel the sting of that subzero air. But there are several ways you can actually see the bitter temperatures.
In just 24 hours, the temperature managed to drop 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. While families were outside Saturday enjoying record highs, the ice rinks and lakes were vacant Sunday. One place some chose to brave the bitter temps was the Como Zoo in St. Paul.
After weeks of agonizing cold, a winter warm-up was the perfect tonic for stir-crazy Minnesotans. The Mounds View Nordic team strapped on their cross-country skis to make the most of the day at Como Park’s ski area in St. Paul. Darlene Fry and her daughter Emma were also there to get in some badly-needed winter fun. “It’s nice, very nice,” Fry said. “We heard it’s supposed to go down again next week, so it’s good timing.”