As the month of February is coming to an end, the weather is normally suppose to be warming up in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural ice fishing house removal deadline is only a week away on March 3rd.
All Ice houses in the southern two-thirds of the state must be removed before midnight on March 3rd but with the extreme cold weather and the large amount of snow still on the ground and on the lakes, that may make for a difficult task this weekend.
B-Roll from Grand Lake, just south of the city of Saint Cloud that shows dozens of Ice Fishing houses buried in the deep snow with no easy way to remove them. Additional footage of people in Saint Cloud in the near zero temp.
Ice on the area lakes is about 4 feet thick on average.
Clip 1 Driving on Grand Lake through 4-6 foot high snow drifts on the side of the ice road.
Clip 2-4 Ice house's on Grand Lake with large snow drifts around them and no way to access them to pull them off the lake.
Clip 5 Wide shot of people drilling holes in the ice to try and go fishing.
Clip 6 Man starting up an Ice Auger to drill a hole in the ice.
Clip 7 Man drilling a hole in the ice.
Clip 8 Close up of the ice auger going into the ice that is 4 feet thick.
Clip 9 Fisherman walking through the snow.
Clip 10 Looking down into a frozen hole that shows just how thick the ice is. It is over two feet down to where the ice cap froze in the hole.
Clip 11 Flag blowing in the wind.
Clip 12 - 16 People looking cold in downtown Saint Cloud, MN.
The Twin Cities metro area is surrounded by blizzard warnings but in the metro area, the winds were slightly calmer but the roads were still a mess.
Footage shot in Minneapolis, MN and Burnsville, MN were the roads were hazardous to drive on.
Clip 1 Skyline shot of Minneapolis, MN
Clip 2 Reverse POV shot in front of a MNDot Snow Plow on Interstate 35w in Burnsville, MN
Clip 3-7 Whiteout Conditions in Minneapolis on the east side of Lake Calhoun.
Clip 8 Sign in Minneapolis showing a snow emergency was declared.
Clip 9 Close up of a tire spinning in the snow in Burnsville on Nicollet Avenue.
Clip 10 Car spinning its wheels trying to get up Nicollet Ave in Burnsville.
Clip 11 Flags blowing with part of the Minneapolis skyline in the back ground.
Clip 12 Snow plow on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis
Clip 13 A rear wheel van spinning its wheels trying to get up a hill on Nicollet Ave in Burnsville.
Clip 14 Wide shot of the van spinning its rear tire.
Clip 15 Car getting stuck on Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville. Shot from dash camera.
Clip 16 People helping to push a car out of the snow on Nicollet Ave. One of them is wearing shorts in the winter storm.
Clip 17 Car spinning its wheels.
Clip 18 Car getting unstuck but still spinning its wheels on Nicollet Ave.
Clip 19 Snow plow on Nicollet Ave in Burnsville.
Clip 20 Car crashed on the side of interstate 494 and 169 on 494.
Clip 21 Someone riding their bike in front of the truck in the winter storm in Minneapolis.
Clip 22-23 Minneapolis Fire Truck on the scene of a power line down.
Clip 24 Powerlines sagging in the heavy snow and ice.
Clip 25 - 29 Tree's down on power lines and side walks in Minneapolis.
B-Roll footage of the start of the powerful winter storm system as it makes its way into the northwestern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area. Various shots of snow plows and snow falling scenes around Saint Cloud, MN along Interstate 94.
The auroras were so bright, I could actually see a snowy owl on power pole back lit by the green glow with the moon light showing the details of the owl.
Here is the video that I put together from a couple various spots around the north side of Saint Cloud, MN
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.