Staying Warm This Winter
January 19, 2024
The cold front moving across the Midwest brings snow and single-digit temperatures to Minnesota. Take the right precautions with these tips to prepare you for winter weather.
Knowledge is power
- Know the difference between a winter advisory, warming, and watch.
- Keep ample gas in your car and an emergency kit in the trunk.
- Continue normal eating and drinking habits to limit the chances of hypothermia.
Your outdoor checklist
- Wear multiple layers of clothing that cover exposed skin, especially on your hands and feet.
- Make sure to “walk like a penguin” on icy pavement.
- Point toes out, slightly bend knees, use arms for balance, and take short, flat-footed steps.
- Use the Gopher Way to have a warmer walk across campus. Remember your U Card!
Cozy up indoors
- Limit the risk of electrical fires by plugging electric heaters directly into wall sockets.
- Keep your heat on (at least 65 degrees) to stay warm and keep your pipes from freezing.
- Make your home a warm fortress with door snakes, thick window curtains, and blankets.
Lend a helping hand
- Check on your neighbors and tell them you’re around if extreme cold knocks out your power.
- Declutter your closets and bring pre-loved warm winter gear to local donation centers.
- Share resources to guide those experiencing hunger or houslessness to warmth and assistance.