Winter Weather Preparations
- Keep ahead of the winter storm by listening for the latest weather statements, watches and warnings.
- Your vehicle should also be ready. Get it winterized, before the onset of winter weather.
- Be equipped for the worst. Carry a winter survival kit in your car, especially when traveling in rural or open areas. Try to travel with others.
- Yield to snowplows, and give them plenty of room to operate.
- If your vehicle becomes stranded, stay with it until help arrives.
- Do not try to walk for help during a blizzard, you could easily become lost in the whiteout conditions.
- If you will be outside during storms or extreme cold, dress in layered clothing and avoid overexertion.
- Do not kill yourself shoveling snow. Shoveling is very hard work and may induce a heart attack.
- If you will be snowmobiling, avoid alcohol. Most snowmobile deaths are alcohol related. Take a snowmobile course offered by the DNR or check with your snowmobile dealer.
- There were five fatalities in Minnesota last winter when people fell through thin ice.
- Heating fires are a major cause of residential fires in Minnesota. Turn off portable heating devices when you are away from home or retire for the evening. Have your fireplace and chimney professionally inspected before winter.
- Carbon Monoxide is most likely to accumulate inside homes during winter. Check your heating systems and ensure your home has proper ventilation. Install a UL listed Carbon Monoxide detector that sounds an alarm.
Surprising Tornado Statistics. When you think of "tornado alley" you usually think of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, the central and southern Plains states. But SPC statistics show the southern Mississippi and Alabama experience more tornado watches/year (over 16) than Dallas, Kansas City, even Oklahoma City. On average the Twin Cities see an average of 5 tornado watches every summer season. This year that number was closer to 10.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota
MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and unusually mild. Low: 43 (close to our average high for November 9)