Minnesota Should Prepare For A Cold Winter

Matt Lillywhite

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We all know that Minnesota is one of the coldest states in the country. So, if you enjoy going outside during the winter, I have good news: some towns in Minnesota will probably get a lot of snow during the winter months.

According to NOAA, many states in the midwest will see a lot more rain and snow than in previous years. Normally, Minnesota gets up to 32 inches of snow, per the Department of Natural Resources. But as you can see from the image below, northeastern Minnesota is forecast to receive significantly more precipitation (rain and snow) than normal this winter. Meanwhile, the rest of the state is expected to receive normal levels of precipitation. However, it will obviously be extremely cold throughout the entire state of Minnesota.

"Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) and frostbite are both dangerous conditions that can happen when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures," per the CDC. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, residents should prevent hypothermia by wearing warm clothes and tight-fitting mittens. Also, you should frequently rest to avoid overexertion while going for a walk or shoveling snow.

One of the first symptoms of hypothermia is shivering. However, other symptoms can include slurred speech, shallow breathing, clumsiness, confusion, and loss of consciousness. If you think someone has hypothermia, you should call 911 so they can receive medical attention.

If someone you know has symptoms of hypothermia, the CDC recommends taking the following actions to warm them up until an ambulance (or professional medical attention) arrives:

  • Get them into a warm room or shelter.
  • Remove any wet clothing the person is wearing.
  • Warm the center of the person's body—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available. You can also use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
  • Warm drinks can help increase body temperature, but do not give alcoholic drinks. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
  • After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrap their body, including their head and neck, in a warm blanket.
  • Get the person proper medical attention as soon as possible.

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