Despite Warm Temps, Winter Will Come

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 7:32 am

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in recent days, the state Department of Public Safety wants to remind Minnesotans that winter is on the way.

It’s Winter Hazard Awareness Week, and DPS officials say staying informed could be the key to having a good, safe winter.

DPS tells the Associated Press that over the last 10 years, 40 people have drowned in Minnesota after breaking through thin ice. And last year alone, 19 people died in snowmobile accidents.

It’s also a good idea to make sure snow removal equipment is in working order and that families have plenty of warm clothing and blankets prepared for the months ahead. Those who use wood furnaces to heat their homes in wintertime are also wise to be prepared with large woodpiles.

After all, it’s about to be winter again in Minnesota – even if it doesn’t feel like it.

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