On the drive back to Saint Cloud, MN from ChaserCon in Denver, CO the weather went 70F and great sunny sky to an ice storm in Iowa and then winter storm by the time I got back to the Twin Cities.
Here is the footage that I shot on the way home in Burnsville, MN.
From the blooper while out looking for the Snowy Owl. No need to call Roto Rooter, this Snowy Owl struggled for a minute, shook its head, and then let loose the pipes before it froze in the near zero temps.
B-roll footage extended edit for stock footage and ENG of the extremely brutally cold sub zero temperatures that are allowing rare access to the Apostle Sea Caves near Bayfield Wisconsin.
To see the rare sight of the frozen Apostle Sea Caves, you must walk along the shore line for about 1.5 miles from the parking area.
The hike to the cave is not an easy one as you are walking along the shore line over numerous snow drifts, ice heaves and then once you get near the caves, you are walking on the slippery ice itself.
The hike out takes about 45 minutes and depending on weather conditions, with the winds blowing across Lake Superior, plan on walking in near blizzard conditions due to the blowing snow and cold temperatures.
*** Also Snow Shoes or Ice Crampons Are Advised To Wear While Walking Out On The Ice ***
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Today I ventured back out to doctument the aftermath of the major blizzard yesterday. It was pretty intense.
Minnesota Highway 28 that runs through Stearns County and the city of Sauk Centrre, MN was shut down this morning do to the massive snow drifts that were left behind after the Blizzard on Sunday.
Clip 1 Highway 28 Sign covered by a snow drift.
Clip 2 Massive front end loader with a snow blower unit on the front stuck in the snow drift.
Clip 3-4 MNDOT Snow plow getting ready to pull the snow blower out of the ditch.
Clip 5 Snow plow pulling the snow blower out of the snow bank and ditch and back onto the road and then a massive plow drives towards the camera.
Clip 6 POV shot following MNDOT plow busting through the snow drifts on Highway 28.
Clip 7 Someone using a mini tractor to clear the snow out from their driveway.
Clip 8 POV shot passing MNDOT snow plow
Clip 9 Massive snow drifts on Highway 28 east of Sauk Centre
Clip 10 Massive snow drifts look more like mountains covering Highway 28
Clip 11 Blowing snow across Highway 28
Clip 12 Snow drift behind the Highway 28 sign
Clip 13-14 Blowing snow across Highway 28
Clip 15 Power lines and a field of snow in the bright afternoon sub zero sun.
Clip 16 Pull back shot of the Highway 28 sign covered in snow with the snow drifts covering the road.
Clip 17 Jeep parked next to the snow drifts on Highway 28
Clip 18 Pull back shot from the Jeep to show the huge snow drifts on Highway 28
Clip 19 The bright afternoon sun in the sub zero temps over an open field
Clip 20 Bobcat with a front end bucket on highway 28
Clip 21 Massive snow drift on highway 28
Clip 22 POV Drive by shot of the massive snow drifts.
Well, today was a pretty long work day as the ground blizzard got going just afternoon on Sunday.
Extreme winds blow through the state of Minnesota with wind gust over 50 miles per hour at times in parts of central Minnesota today.
This latest round of the bitter blast of extreme winter weather is also bringing back the sub zero temperatures that are making many of the schools to cancel school again on Monday and the regions residents wondering when will it ever warm up.
Footage shot around central Minnesota in Stearns County and just outside of Alexandria, MN where Interstate 94 was shut down.
See clip list for locations for each clip.
Clip 1 Sign outside of Alexandria, MN warning of the interstate being closed down.
Clip 2 Road closed barricade with a Minnesota State Trooper car blocking Interstate 94 at the Alexandria, MN exit.
Clip 3 Road Closed signs blocking Interstate 94 at Alexandria, MN
Clip 4 Road Closed signs blocking the entrance to Interstate 94 at Alexandria, MN to go west bound on I94
Clip 5 - 6 Truck stuck in the ditch after dark in southern Stearns County, MN.
Clip 7 Snow plow on Highway 15 after dark in southern Stearns County, MN.
Clip 8-12 Extreme winds blowing in Highway 71 in northwestern Stearns County, MN.
Clip 13 - 14 Car stuck in the center ditch on county road 75 at Interstate 94 in Saint Cloud, MN
Clip 15 - 16 Extreme winds blowing the snow on highway 15 in Stearns County, MN
Clip 17 Van driving past the camera in the high winds on Highway 15 in Stearns County, MN
Clip 18 County road 8 sign on highway 15 in Stearns County, MN
Clip 19-20 Winds gusting to over 45 miles per hour on highway 15 in Stearns County, MN
Clip 21 Flag blowing in the wind on highway 15 in Stearns County.
Clip 22 Whiteout Conditions on highway 15 in Stearns County.
Clip 23 Minnesota State Trooper closing highway 15 due to the zero visibility conditions on the road.
Clip 24 Snow plow on highway 15 in Stearns County.
Clip 25 Extreme winds blow snow over Highway 23 and Interstate 94 in Saint Cloud, MN
Clip 25 Highway 28 in Northwestern Stearns County with extreme winds blowing snow across the road.
*** Time 3:44 in the video ***
Clip 26 - 32 Extreme High Winds And Whiteout Condition's - Shot along Highway 71 in Northwestern Stearns County, MN
Clip 33 -34 Snow Blow along County Road 75 in Saint Cloud, MN
Clip 35 Blowing snow across County Road 75 in Saint Cloud, MN
Clip 36 State Trooper driving towards the POV shot with lots of blowing snow on Highway 15 in Stearns County.
Clip 37 POV shot driving in whiteout conditions on Highway 15 in Stearns County.
Clip 38 Blowing snow near the town of Luxemburg, MN just south of Saint Cloud, MN
Clip 39 Blowing snow on Interstate 94 Near Avon, MN
With a blizzard warning in effect for the Saint Cloud, MN area and most of west central Minnesota, the snow started to fall during the overnight hours.
While the high winds for the Blizzard Warning are still hours away, the several inches of light and fluffy snow that are currently falling will make it perfect for another ground blizzard.
B-Roll footage of various scenes around the Saint Cloud, MN area during the overnight hours.
Today was another day in this frozen paridise called Minnesota. The temps got over 32F today. But the roads turned to crap as the wet snow froze to the extremely cold road surface.
Warm wet snow combined with the cold road surfaces created an ice covered road conditions on Interstate 94 in Stearn County, MN on the northwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area.
Dozens of car crashes were reported during the afternoon rush hour drive from Saint Cloud to Clearwater Minnesota.
Clip 1 Road sign warning of crashes ahead
Clip 2 Drive by shot passing a snow plow.
Clip 3 Suv fish tails while switching lanes then recovers.
Clip 4 Drive by shot of a crash with EMS and ambulance on the scene.
Clip 5 Drive by of a car that crashed into the cable barrier .
Clip 6 - 7 Drive by of clip of MN State Trooper on the scene of the spin out.
Clip 8 Snow plow driving past the camera
Clip 9 POV clip following MNDot Snow Plow
Clip 10 Close up of MnDot putting salt on the Interstate
Clip 11 Close up of MnDot snow plow blade clearing the snow.
Clip 12 Passing MnDot snow plow driving towards the camera.
Clip 13 MnDot Plow driving away from the camera
Clip 14 Drive by of an SUV in the ditch
Clip 15 Stop sign covered in snow
Clip 16 - 17 Driving in heavy snow.
Clip 18 POV shot driving past a car that smashed into the center cables.
Clip 19 POV shot driving past a Jeep that smashed into the center cables.
Clip 20 POV shot driving past a car that smashed into the center cables.
Clip 21 POV shot driving past a car that smashed into the center cables.
Clip 22 POV shot driving past a SUV and a car that smashed into the center cables.
Clip 23 State trooper passing on the side of the road to get to the next wreck.
Clip 24 Car in the ditch and stuck in the snow
Clip 25 Passing several cars that crashed into the center cables. State Patrol blocks the left lane as tow trucks clears up the wrecks.
Clip 26 Car stuck in the snow.
The next wave of sub zero weather is hitting the midwest with temps at noon in the negative teen's as the Saint Paul Winter Carnival starts in Saint Paul, MN.
Footage from Rice Park in Downtown Saint Paul with people out in the cold weather while the competitors get ready for the annual ice carving competition.
B-Roll footage from the late afternoon of the ground blizzard in central Minnesota around the Sauk Centre, MN and west of Sauk Centre.
Various clips of blowing snow in the high winds that caused the ground blizzard.
B-Roll footage of Ground Blizzard condition from Pope County which is in the west central part of Minnesota.
With winds gusting over 40 mph, the fresh snow from the other day combined with the high winds is creating another ground blizzard.
Footage of white out conditions and blowing and drifting snow making travel this afternoon extremely hazardous.
Clip 1 Blowing snow over hay bales
Clip 2 Flags blowing in the winds gusting to over 40 mph.
Clip 3 Driving in blowing snow with a VO talking about the conditions.
Clip 4 Blowing snow obscuring the highway 28 sign
Clip 5-6 Blowing and drifting snow is covering up side roads with over a foot or more of snow drifts. Clip 5 POV, Clip 6 Outside
Clip 7 Blowing snow over highway 28
Clip 8 Snow drifts
Clip 9 Blowing snow and snow drifts
Clip 10 Blowing snow with blue sky causing blinding conditions with the bright sun.
Clip 11 Blowing snow with traffic
Clip 12 Blowing and drifting snow
Clip 13 Low shot of the blowing snow
Clip 14-17 Traffic in the blowing snow
Clip 18-20 POV driving in blowing snow