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minneapolis winter aesthetic, driving edition

  • periodic car horns outside (’f you ask me they sound vaguely like ducks with bad senses of direction who just scream whenever they get too close to each other)
  • driving very slowly down a hill with a four wheel drive truck patiently following your snail’s pace ass because listen buddy We’ve All Been There
  • guestimating where the parking spaces in the lot Probably are
  • plan an extra thirty minutes to brush six inches of frozen nonsense off your windshield and dig trenches behind your wheels before starting your commute
  • the windshield wiper thing when you park and pull them up so they don’t freeze and your car looks like a bug with antennae 
  • the knowledge deep within your soul that if necessary you will pilot this vehicle directly into a snowbank and you have made your Peace with this reality
  • lane dividers are a thing of the past just stick to the right of the road and pray
  • that look/nod of We’re All Doing Our Best It’s Okay when you fuck up and panic and the other driver sees you

Up to 10 inches of snow possible in Twin Cities on Monday, Tuesday

The Twin Cities metro area is about to get a hefty blanket of snow.

Up to 10 inches of snow is expected to accumulate from Monday afternoon to late Tuesday, seriously gumming up a couple of commutes but lending charm to the holiday decorations popping up on city streets and suburban yards.

That’s the prediction of the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, which has issued a winter storm watch for much of central and southern Minnesota, for Monday and Tuesday. It will start in southwestern Minnesota and spread eastward, with 7 to 10 inches on the ground by the time it’s all over.

Stay Safe Minnesota!

Alright guys, no jokes about being “hardy Minnesotans” right now, it is very cold, and going to get colder. Here is some info I found on the MN DPS & Hennepin County Emergency Management websites for finding shelter, and traveling safely the next few days.
We’ll get throught this, but be smart, be safe, stay warm.
-Paul

YouthLink, a resource center for homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-24, will open at 8 p.m. Saturday night and remain open around the clock through the end of this extreme cold snap, through 8 a.m. Wednesday. The center, located at 41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis, is in need of volunteers Monday and Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. Adults who are willing to help monitor the space can contact Mikkel Beckmen 612-596-1606, director of the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness.

Other organizations also responded to the need for warm shelter space. Shelters for single adults, which normally close during the day, will remain open for their guests. The Harbor Light Center in downtown Minneapolis will welcome anyone to stay inside that facility during the extreme weather. Families that already are in emergency housing are entitled to 24-hour indoor shelter. Harbor Light is located at 1010 Currie Ave, Minneapolis.

The Basilica of St. Mary will be open Sunday as a warming space, but will be closed on Monday. The basilica is located at 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis.

In addition, all Hennepin County libraries will remain open during normal hours.

Others in need of shelter can call 211 for assistance.

Safety Tips:
* Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold

* Dress in layers and keep dry

* Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance

* Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.

* Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.

* Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.

If You Have To Drive:
Make Yourself Easy to Find
Tell someone where you are going and the route you
will take. Report your safe arrival. If you stall or get
stuck, tie a colored banner (from your winter survival
kit) to your antenna or hang it out a window. At night,
remove the cover from your dome light and turn the
light on. Road crews or rescue units can see a small
glow at a considerable distance. To reduce battery
drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear
approaching vehicles. Keep one person on watch;
don’t let everyone rest at the same time.
Stay in Your Vehicle
Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might
lose your way or become exhausted, collapse and risk
your life. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
Avoid Overexertion
Shoveling snow or repositioning your car by pushing it
takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. You could risk
heart attack or injury. Take it easy!
Keep Cool — Two Ways
1. Calm down and think. The storm will end
and you will be found.
2. Don’t work enough to get hot and sweaty.
Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you
susceptible to hypothermia.
Keep Fresh Air in Your Vehicle
It’s much better to be cold and awake than comfortably
warm and sleepy. Wet or wind-driven snow can plug
your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon
monoxide gas to enter your vehicle. Don’t run the
engine unless you are sure the exhaust pipe is free
of snow. Keep snow off the radiator to prevent the
engine from overheating.
Stay Warm Without Fuel
Keep your blood circulating freely by loosening tight
clothing, changing positions frequently and moving
your arms and legs. Huddle close to one another.
Rub your hands together or put them in your armpits
or between your legs. Remove your shoes occasionally
and rub your feet.
Don’t Expect to Be Comfortable
The challenge is to survive until you’re found.

image via NWS Twin Cities

The sun also rises... if only briefly.

December 31, 1979 A boy walked his dog on the ice of Lake of the Isles Sunday as the sun sank behind clouds. The Twin Cities had less than four hours of sun­shine from Dec. 22 through Dec. 30, the National Weather Service reported. The most sunshine for any day during that period was record­ed yesterday, when the sun came out for three hours and 12 minutes. Darlene Pfister, Minneapolis Star Tribune