Maria Villavicencio makes sure all her students have the materials they need, from winter gloves to baking soda activators. Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

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Going outside? 

Dress in layers and cover all exposed skin, including the head, face, hands and toes.


Travelers can stay up to date on the latest forecast, road conditions, and closures by checking the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website. Motorists should pack a winter survival kit containing a blanket, warm clothes, gloves, flashlight, nonperishable snacks, and water. AAA says to also check fluid levels, tire pressure, and battery strength before hitting the road.


Air travelers should expect delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Flight information is posted on the airport’s website, Transit riders can check status at

Taking transit?

Transit riders can check the status of their ride at

Staying in? 

Keep space heaters and candles 3 feet from curtains and anything else that can catch fire. Never leave them unattended or plug them into a power strip or extension cord. Keep your phone charged and batteries on hand if the power goes out, and keep pets indoors. Clear paths leading to doors and windows of snow and ice for easy access and an escape route, if needed.


Tim Harlow is a traffic and transportation reporter for the Star Tribune. He also covers breaking news.