Updated: 12/10/2013 3:52 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 6:06 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
If the snow didn’t tell you that winter is here early, the cold certainly will.
You will want to get familiar with the wind chill chart again. The Twin Cities will see temperatures near 9 degrees Thursday with -15 wind chill. The extended period of cold weather in Minnesota will possibly last until Dec. 20, according to KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas.
A doctor tells KSTP that this weather is especially hard for parents with older kids because they often have to be convinced to wear layers to stay warm. When it comes to the cold, doctors say there are two major concerns: frostbite and hypothermia.
Hypothermia happens when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees. You might notice your child is confused, shivering uncontrollably and acting sick.
The first sign of frostbite is bright red skin with a few pale patches. If it gets bad enough, the skin will look pale and might feel deceptively warm. A doctor tells KSTP that there are some initial steps you can take if you notice frostbite setting in.
“You want to warm the skin slowly,” Dr. John Barsanti with Entira Family Clinics says. “Don't stick it under scalding water; stick it next to a heat source or warm it with your hands. If the skin is pale and doesn't return to normal color very quickly, you want to get in to see a doctor.”
KSTP.com meteorologist Dave Dahl says parts of the Twin Cities picked up about 5" of snow, while areas in the northwest suburbs reached 7-8" of snow.
The storm has dumped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of northeastern Minnesota. National Weather Service observers reported 28 inches of snow in Two Harbors, north of Duluth and 18 inches in the city of Duluth, with additional accumulation expected.
Heavy snowfall canceled or delayed school in some of the northeastern Minnesota communities. KSTP-TV's sister station WDIO reports the Duluth Heritage Sports Center was closed Wednesday, as well as the local library, food pantry, Great Lakes Aquarium, YMCA and the Lake Superior Zoo.
The University of Minnesota Duluth was also closed Wednesday because of the snowstorm.
A wind chill advisory remains in place as temperatures drop.
Track the forecast with KSTP.com here.
See snowfall totals where you live here.
See signs, symptoms and prevention tips about frostbite here.
See signs, symptoms and prevention tips about hypothermia here.
Read HCMC's blog about the outdoors here.
Timelapse photos- we're asking you to put something in your yard to give us an idea of how much snow you're getting. Have some fun with it, because if you have the most creative entry, we'll send you some KSTP swag! Take photos of the object several times throughout the storm and send them to pics@KSTP.com. Please include your name and location.