Winter is back with a vengeance, according to the Star Tribune. Strong winds and sub-zero temperatures have made the simple act of going outside a dangerous venture.
Saturday saw temperatures near the negative 20 mark in Lakeville, Crystal, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis while St. Paul was reporting negative 11 degrees.
With temperatures this low, frost bite can occur in less than 10 minutes which is why the weather service recommends highway travelers pack a winter survival kit as well as extra clothing. Driving conditions also worsen when low temperatures are coupled with blowing snow.
Whiteout conditions have caused many car accidents this past week. A 15-car pileup on Interstate 90 near Minnesota 16 occurred on Saturday and the Minnesota Department of Transportation closed Interstate 94 between Moorhead and Fergus Falls from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Other roads that were closed for a time include U.S. Highway 2, State Highway 75, and Highways 4, 19, 71 and 212.
Dangerous windchills are expected to last throughout the day in south central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin, the weather service reported.