Minnesota, Iowa is about to face bitter temperatures in Minneapolis


MINNEAPOLIS — A hot rivalry won’t be enough to keep Gopher football fans warm against the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday during what could be the coldest game yet at Huntington Bank Stadium.

WCCOs NEXT Weather team predicts a windy, January-like daywith a maximum of 18 degrees and a minimum of 10. It can feel below zero.

It’s important to plan for the weather to stay safe in the bitter cold, said Dr. Jamie Hammerbeck, a physician at CentraCare Health in Sauk Center.

Minnesota Athletics University is encouraging fans to be prepared and allowing them to bring blankets — including battery-powered heated blankets — to the stadium.

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“I think probably the most common reason people get frostbite or hypothermia is that they’re unprepared,” she said. “In Minnesota we are used to being out in the cold. We like to be outside, but often we are not prepared for it. So [take] that time to make sure you have all the layers you need.

Hammerbeck said it’s a good idea to wear at least three layers, including an outer layer that’s waterproof. Being wet and cold can accelerate frostbite. Drinking alcohol may also increase risk, she added. She also suggests keeping a safety pack with extra layers in the car.

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Signs and symptoms of hypothermia, according to Mayo Clinc:

  • Shivering
  • Slurred speech or mumbling
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness or very little energy
  • Confusion or amnesia
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bright red, cold skin (in infants)

Symptoms of Freezing:

  • In the beginning a cold skin and a tingling feeling
  • Numbness
  • Skin that appears red, white, bluish white, grayish yellow, purplish, brown, or ashen, depending on the severity of the condition and the usual skin color
  • Hard or waxy skin
  • Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness
  • Blistering after reheating, in severe cases
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