- Posted by Leigh Frost
- On January 10, 2018
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Minnesota winter can be fierce, with temperatures holding around 15 °F on average. Rough winters have seen temperatures of -60 °F in the north of the state. Luckily, this is rare – but it’s always best to be prepared for a blizzard.
If you’re wondering how to survive winter in Minnesota, you’re not alone!
How to Survive a Minnesota Winter: 7 Essential Tips for Families
It’s important to take precautions, but winter usually isn’t as bad as it looks. With a few quick steps before the first snowfall, you’ll be ready for everything colder months can throw at you.
Pack a Winter Survival Kit
Snowfall could keep you from leaving the house or make it impossible to get on the roads. A winter kit should have a shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, battery-powered radio, snacks, first aid supplies, blankets, and water. Keep one kit in your car and one at home.
Get Ready to Bundle Up
It’s crucial to have everything you need to layer up before the weather starts getting cold. In addition to at least two reliable winter coats, don’t forget hats (preferably with ear protection), gloves, and (yes!) thermal underwear.
Double-Check Your Heater
Winter is the busy season for your heater. Maintenance problems that get overlooked for the rest of the year can turn serious. It’s a good idea to call a professional for basic heater maintenance by November.
Be Careful with Dogs & Cats
It’s essential to keep a close eye on even the heartiest dogs once temperatures drop to 20 °F. Consider washing your pooch’s paw pads with coconut oil after walks. Let cats stay indoors.
Remember to Move Your Car
In the Twin Cities, moving your car now and then is imperative. Tow trucks accompany the night plows and tow errant vehicles aggressively. With combined towing and storage fees, it could cost more than $200 to get a car back.
Brighten Up the Place
Artificial lights won’t help you to keep up your Vitamin D, but they can stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder – that creeping sense of sadness that can sneak up when things get dark. A special “sun light” can be even more effective.
Pick Out Fun Things to Do in Minnesota in the Winter
Minnesota winter activities like skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are here! You won’t want to miss the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. You can also go dog sledding or hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain or Detroit Mountain. Staying active is best for kids and adults!
Check out more Minnesota family living tips on our blog. For personalized help and advice, contact R. Leigh Frost Law today.
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