How to survive a Minnesota winter

Winter in Minnesota can be very cold with lots of snow. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for winter.

  • Dress in layers for warmth.
  • Wear clothes made of wool instead of cotton.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear mittens instead of gloves.
  • Keep your feet and hands dry.
  • Be careful when walking on icy or snowy sidewalks.
  • Drive slowly on icy or snowy roads.
  • Traffic will be slower when it snows. Give yourself more time to get to work, school or other places.
  • Watch the weather report on the local news.
  • Check WCCO (channel 4) on the TV or radio for school closings when it snows.
  • Get your home ready for winter by covering windows and checking your furnace and smoke detectors.
  • Learn how to ice skate, snowshoe or ski. With these activities you can enjoy being outdoors during the winter months.
  • Click here to watch this winter safety video from Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO). The video is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer.