Don't Wait, Shovel Snow Now Before Temps Drop

Updated: 12/04/2013 10:27 PM
Created: 12/04/2013 5:15 PM
By: Jessica Miles

It may not be the thing you want to do after you head home from a full day of work, but you should shovel now. Don't wait or you'll be sorry.

With all the moisture in the snow that has fallen throughout the day, and bitter cold temperatures expected to move in Thursday, all that wet, heavy snow will freeze. It will stick to your driveways and sidewalks and it will be even more difficult to get up with a shovel in the morning.

Doctors say this type of snow needs to be shoveled with caution. Each year more than 11,000 people end up in the hospital from shoveling snow.  It can also be very hard on your heart. 

"If while shoveling you develop chest pain, shortness of breath or fatigue, you should stop and seek a physicians care," says Doctor Doug Brunette with Hennepin County Medical Center.

KSTP reporter Jessica Miles did a non-scientific experiment with a standard driveway in a Blaine neighborhood. 

If you figure a standard shovel full of wet snow weighs close to 20 pounds, and a standard driveway takes at least 100 shovel fulls to clear, that's 2,000 pounds of heavy, wet snow.  A ton of snow!

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