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Minnesotan's Know How to Hunker Down for Snow Storms.

Updated on May 16, 2016

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First Big Snowstorm of the Season in Minnesota
First Big Snowstorm of the Season in Minnesota | Source

How Minnesotan's Prepare for a Snow Storm

I don't know what it is with us Minnesotan's, but the first big snow is always an exciting adventure. You'd think after so many winter seasons it wouldn't be such a big deal. This is what a typical Minnesotan does when they hear of a big snow storm coming in.

  • Get prepared to hunker down
  • Get to the grocery store to stock up on needed items, just in case one can't get out for a while.
  • Start a nice fire in fireplace to stay cozy and warm
  • Pull out the bin in the garage that holds the hats, boots, mittens, winter coats and snow pants
  • Turn on the weather channel or local news so we can follow the storm from start to finish
  • Once the storm starts we must look out the window as a family and let out loud squeals of joy
  • Eventually it's time for the kids to run outside and rouse the neighbor kids for some winter fun
  • If it's a heavy wet snow, then they must build Frosty the Snow Man, throw snowballs, go sliding
  • When they've had their fill of cold, wet snow, they make their way inside for some hot chocolate with marsh mellows-preferably fireside


News Bulletin Just In...

*News Bulletin* This report just in from our local weather station

The first big snow storm of the season is just starting to taper down in the twin cities area. It looks like we could get about 7-10 inches of snow before all is said and done.
Channel 9 local news weatherman, Eric Maitland says "the heavy wet snow is causing several tree branches to fall, in turn bringing down power lines. According to Xcel Energy up to 3,000 of its customers are currently without power across the Twin Cities Metro area."


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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks meteoboy. Some day you'll be reporting the weather, right? I appreciate your visit here:)

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    meteoboy 6 years ago from GREECE

    Nice job and very useful !! ! Also beautiful song , so : Let it snow

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Jamie-I know, there is nothing better than a good snow storm. All the hustle and bustle before the snow comes is one of the best parts of it. Thanks for the nice compliment about my picture. That pic was taken just down the street from my house.

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    Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

    I probably wouldn't know what to do in a real snow storm LOL! Living in east Texas we rarely see snow but whenever we do, I just LOVE it and wish it would be like a week long blizzard and just stop everything! I have fond memories of the snow when I was little and we lived in Amarillo, TX. I still feel like a kid when it snows. Love the pic of the snow storm at the top of your hub. Soo Pretty!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Granny's House-There is a lot to do but we get professionals to do it. What we do is "Hunker Down." LOL

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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    I love the snow. There is a lot to do once you get some snow

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Don't I wish Micky Dee:)

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    I thought it was warm there all year 'round?

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Your right Micky-snow and kids are a perfect fit. This neighborhood of kids just love snow. Lots of hustle and bustle around here when it snows.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Carrie-I thought you had huge snow storms in Canada? Our snow drifts are huge right now over here. They say this last storm is one for the books. We got over 17 inches this past Friday and Saturday. Much more snow than the one I wrote this hub about.

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    It's all so pretty when you;'re a child. Let it snow!

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    carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

    I wish we could have a storm such as this here in Winnipeg, Canada. It certainly would take me back to my childhood days when schools shut down for 3 days. I love the way you've written this hub.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Wendy-No Jelousy needed. I will admit it is beautiful during the holidays but we just got another 17 inches here. Getting out today was a bit of a challenge after being stuck in the house. Thank Goodness my sister ran outside and hailed a snow plow guy that was plowing the neighbors out. Our plow guy was a no show. It's about -30 windchill now that we have all this snow, so 40-50 sounds like a dream come true:)

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    WeNdYpOoPoO 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

    I would love snow right now...It doesn't look like we are going to get much this year it either is missing us or still to many 40 and 50 days...I am super jealous

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I love it, you know Lake Minnetonka??? Cool. I bet you know many places I know. Did you ever go to Lord Fletchers? I worked there during highschool and hung out there when I got older.

    I do have a hard time with the cold and snow at certain times of the season. It seems the older I get, the harder it gets. Thanks goodness I have a garage now and don't have to scrape windows every day now. Thanks a lot for stopping by my stormy hub. I envy you for living in sunny Florida.

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    This brought back a lot of fond memories. I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, but moved to Florida about 14 years ago. I hated the snow when I lived there ... at least once I became an adult. Now, there are times when I really miss it. BTW, we still have the a/c on here in FL. I also read your profile. I spent many days boating out on Lake Minnetonka, absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the great article.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi prasetio-I'm not sure if I read your hub but I will go check it out. You can live vicariously through me and enjoy the snow since you don't get it there. Peace my friend:)Happy Thanksgiving too.

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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love snow. I thought you have read my hub about my passion in snow. I love this hub and how you remind us when the big snow storm comes. Unfortunately, there's no snow in my country. But I really enjoy read this hub. Good work,my friend. ~prasetio

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    You are so welcome for the fan mail neverletitgo. Cool, I love meeting fellow Minnesotan's that totally know what it's like to live here. It is so cold tonite isn't it? Glad the Thanksgiving gathering is over and I am now cozy under my blankie on my favorite couch. LIFE is Good. I appreciate your button pushing in my honor.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Darlene-Isn't it fun going out for the food and other necessities when you know they'll be snow.

    My nephew is living in Colorado but home for the holidays. He loves it there.

    Thanks sooo much for the nice visit:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    acaetnna-I will pray that you get your wish of a white christmas. If you don't get it, you can always live vicariously through me. We get sooo much. Just pop on your computer and pretend your there.

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    Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    Minnetonka Twin, I am glad to see you in the hub as a Minnesotan. I live in Minneapolis and I shared with you all those experience. It is really great hub and liked it. I voted up and beautiful. Thanks for your fan mail that you sent me and I am proud to be your follower.

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    Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    I love a big snow storm, I am retired and I only go out to get lots of foods to prepare. I live in Colorado and honestly the valley's does not get much snow and when we do it melts in a few days, however the rocky mountins looming above up is cover. I use to live 10,000 feet high up in the mountains, and I miss the wild love. I love your hub, and thank you for the comment from you...rate this up

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    acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

    It sounds wonderful. Sadly we don't really have much snow in southern England, although last year we did experience some. Britain is so badly prepared that life seems to come to a standstill. I am just dreaming of a white Christmas this year - that would be wonderful. Great hub.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Sue-EEWW, sounds fun. Your getting more snow. We're supposed to get some more snow this next Wednesday which is going to make travel a problem for thanksgiving. Enjoy your snow Sue:)

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    Sue Bond 7 years ago from Vancouver, BC

    Whoops... I spoke to soon. We had a dusting of snow last night (which had melted by morning) and the forecast is for 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) tonight. ;)

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    Sue Bond 7 years ago from Vancouver, BC

    7-10 inches of snow would cause a fair bit of havoc in Vancouver. ;) Some are forecasting a cold and snowy winter for us here... which is the opposite of what happened during the Winter Olympics in February! Figures eh? The good thing about snow is it brightens up the sky!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Lady_E- Trust me, I know we are only just beginning with all the snow storms. Like Colin said, if you don't have to drive in it and can hunker down, stock up on food, and pour a warm cocktail, it can be pretty fun and wonderful. Thanks for stopping and visiting me:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Colin-Hey, I think you should write some hubs about those crazy experiences driving during the winter season. I would Love to hear them. You and Saddlerider are both snow professionals-I would think you have to be to deal with the climate there. Thanks a lot for checking out my snowy hub. A visit from you always makes me smile:) See?

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    saddlerider-I am with you on the fact that after Christmas, the snow can go away. It gets me in the holiday spirit but once the festivities are over, I'm ready for spring. I went to school in Wisconsin and they got as much as Minnesota. I imagine you are a pro at dealing with snow as a Canadian and a past truck driver. Thanks for coming by and again I feel bad about having not followed you till now but I thought I was. Weird how that happens sometime. Peace:)

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Wow.. and it's only November. I hope you guys stock up well. I dread to think what it would be like in December.

    Wishing you well.

    Ps. Make as many snowmen as you can. :)

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    ....hey there's my other Canadian buddy up above Saddlerider - I bet he's seen his share of snow.

    Well as you know I live on the northern side of Lake Erie, Ontario Canada (right across from Erie, Penn.)

    and we often get lake effect snow and I have a 2 hour commute (round trip) to the city where I work so I have a few 'Indiana Jones' stories to tell you about - lol lol - but I love this hub and story of yours - I love that Dean Martin video especially if you don't have to go and you can stay home and drink cognac - lol lol - yes I know what winter is all about - unfortunately, and as of seeing your snow, all I want to see is ...... April!!!!!! p.s. - we haven't had any snow yet up here - but November can pull off some unpleasant surprises.

    Thank you too for coming by for a visit - as it always makes me so happy to see and hear from you .....anytime!

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    saddlerider1 7 years ago

    I am on the Canadian prairies and we get our share of the white stuff, I have driven all over Canada and the USA in every type of weather in my 18 wheeling days.

    Minnesota can get pretty nasty as well right through Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan and back up to Eastern Canada. I love Christmas but after that the snow can go. Thanks for the share and I hope your winter is not to severe. peace

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    acaetnna-No worries, I can send you plenty of the white stuff. Thanks for poppin in:)

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    I'd better not let my malamutes see this. They have a brand new (used actually but new for us) sled sitting in our family room just waiting for the snow to fly....looks heavenly!! I love winter and even more so with my malamutes watching the weather reports...ha ha

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    I enjoyed reading about this rather more than I think I would enjoy the actual experience! Too durn cold!

    Love and peace

    Tony

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    Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

    Oh I know what you are talking about and it is part fun but so much of it not. I grew up in it but glad now it only comes occasionally. It's nice looking at the pictures but for about four years of my childhood I walked in that stuff cutting into my ankles what seemed like a mile to the bus and back 5 days a week! Where I live now the weather channel tells us a band of snow flurries have been spotted (we thought it was a joke the first time we heard it) and you start hearing sirens and there is no bread to be found in any store! lol

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Lovely pictures!I don't care for snow'although i think it's pretty.

    Cheers

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    Christina M. Castro 7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

    Hey, Minnetonka Twin, Did you read my hub called, "It's Time To Be Prepared For Nest Winter (in the USA)"? You will see that we have not had any exceptions to large amounts of snow here in the Mid-East Coast. So I pray that you had plenty of HotChocolate to go around and that you have a separate freezer for all those precious saved snow balls, and that no one gets stranded in the cold. Let me know what you think of my hub and see if you all are up to par with your preparedness. I have never been midwest so I can only imagine. Enjoy your "White Thanksgiving"!

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    acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

    I love the snow but sadly we don't get it often in the UK.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Your welcome lifegate. Thanks for the visit:)

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    William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

    No snow yet in PA, but we'll be ready. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    ghomefitness-I'm sure you'll be getting the snow soon. By the way, I'm watching your football team play my Vikings right now. I have a feeling you guys are gonna win. We're not lookin too good today.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Aris-The end of the world didn't come but we sure are having fun in the snow. Thanks for coming by my hub:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Tom-I know what you mean about the hype of the storms. I guess the news needs something to talk about. I like the four seasons too as it keeps things interesting. Have a great day:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hey Rob-Yes, it gets pretty messy here too. By the end of winter we have some real high snow piles, especially in parking lots. I appreciate you coming by my snowy hub.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Quill-You know what a good snow storm is all about, being from Canada. Yes, it is such a good time for our family to get silly and spend time together. When you get your first snow storm, send pictures of your snowman and we'll see whose is bigger. Hee Hee:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Carrie-Yes, snow and holidays just go together:) Were hunkerin down over here. Sis is making chili on this snowy Sunday. Have a great day.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Greg-I can't imagine being in a state with no snow as I grew up here in Minnesota. It would be strange to have the holiday season with no snow and warm temps. Good for your daughter going to culinary school. You can have the fun job of testing out her recipes-Thx for coming by:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Kashmir-I see how your not thinking of winter yet at 62 degrees. We weren't ready for it either as we've been having some really warm temps here for this time of year. Thanks for stopping by my wintery hub:)

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    ghomefitness 7 years ago from Chicago,IL

    I can't wait until it gets to Chicago!

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    Aris Budianto 7 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

    I haven't felt a real snow, sounds great. The end of the world, never thought. We have a lot of works to do, thanks for this great and useful hub.

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    justom 7 years ago from 41042

    I think the big problem now is too much media. They make it sound like the end of the world, it's just snow, a minor deal. Folks go to the grocery and load up like they won't be able to get out for weeks and I can't remember ever being stranded for more than a couple of days. Personally I like all 4 seasons and whatever they bring. Peace!! Tom

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    Rob 7 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

    As a kid I used to love a good snowstorm but not so much any more. In New York, after a snowfall, our snowplows are working 24 hours-a-day to clear up the streets for traffic. They push the snow to the gutter, and people shovel the snow from the sidewalks into the gutters, so the gutters become a huge wall of snow.

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    "Quill" 7 years ago

    What a wonderful picture of the family all gathering for the big event... love thinking about the excitement. We are on the edge of getting ours and maybe we will hold a party on the cul de sac... bet we can build a bigger snowman than yours.... smiles.

    The blessing of snow is exciting but the thoughts of families like yours gathering is the best blessing, thank you for sharing your family with us.

    Hugs from Canada

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    carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

    WoW! I heard about this on the news this morning. I love the snow, especially around the holidays. Maybe it will come this way also.

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    greg g zaino 7 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

    Minnetonka ~ Yes, A snowstorm seems to comfort uniquely...

    I miss them living here in the Keys.

    My daughter txd me the other day and let me know you folks were getting ready for your first. She's in culinary school there.

    peace on a white sunday... gregZ

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    Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

    Not thinking about snow yet,yesterday the temp here was 62 and that is real rare for New England this time of the season.Love your great pictures of the snow and awesome video. Super hub!!!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    I know since your from New York that you know what a good snow storm is all about. You guys had a ton last year if I recall correctly. This snow is already melting due to the temps being so warm.

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    vietnamvet68 7 years ago from New York State

    Oh yes the first winter storm, I'm always ready for them, it's such a beautiful site seeing the snow all over sticking in the trees. But so far this year it has been unusally warm here in NY. Great hub I love the snow.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    HT-Wasn't it a fun day around here, hustling and bustling to the store to get what we needed, playing outside with the kids, then hunkerin down. I love the first big snow storm. It brings me right back to my childhood:)

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    72 degrees is soo warm to me drbj. I am soo jelous but I do like a good snow storm. Thanks for coming by:)

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    Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

    This is such a nice way to relax. Your music,story and pictures make it such a cozy way to feel a storm.

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    I saw newscasts of the first big snow on TV and got really cold just watching. It's 78 degrees here today but will get chilly tonight with a low of 72. :)