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Surviving the Arctic Blast: Experts Give Us Safety Tips

Posted at: 01/18/2013 6:36 PM
Updated at: 01/19/2013 12:49 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

Much of the Northland spend Friday morning navigating slick roads, but next comes an arctic blast.

Temperatures are expected to start dropping Saturday afternoon and will hover below zero for many days, according to WDIO Morning Meteorologist Ben Dery.

Dery said high temperatures in Duluth will be below zero for the first time in two years. Eyewitness News spoke with the National Weather Service about how to keep safe and warm when temperatures drop.

"Normally our coldest periods are in January and into early February," said Carol Christenson of the Weather Service. "At ten below, with no wind, frostbite can occur in as little as 25-30 minutes."

If the upcoming weather gets you down, remember that it could be worse. Check out some of these record lows in Minnesota:

That temperature near Tower was the lowest temperature ever recorded in the state. Colleen Mahoney, a former WDIO reporter, was there and said the temperatures were so cold they broke her thermometer.

Temperatures shouldn't match that - not even close. But, authorities, like Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Bill Ulvi are still asking folks to be cautious.

"If you don't have to travel, don't," Sgt. Ulvi said. "Ultimately in those harsh conditions, that is when your equipment will fail."

If you have to drive, Ulvi recommends telling someone about your plans, making sure you always know where you are, and keeping some emergency items with you.

According to Ulvi, those can be snacks, water, a sleeping bag or blanket and a cell phone charger.