1/27/2014 Stearns County, MN Blizzard Snow Drift Cleanup

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.

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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.

1/26/2014 Minnesota Extreme Ground Blizzard B- Roll

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.

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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

1/26/2014 Saint Cloud, MN Early AM Snow Before The Blizzard

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.

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B-Roll footage of various scenes around the Saint Cloud, MN area during the overnight hours.

1/24/2014 Stearns County MN i94 Snow Storm And Wrecks

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.

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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.

1/23/2014 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carving In Sub Zero Temps

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.

1/22/2014 Central Minnesota Ground Blizzard, Part 2

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.

1/22/2014 Pope County, MN 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.

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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

1/16/2014 Alexandria, MN Ground Blizzard & Crashes Shut Down Interstate 94

Winds gusting near 50 miles per hour around the Douglas County, Minnesota area today it made for hazardous travel conditions.  Footage shot around the city of Alexandria, MN on Interstate 94 of the high winds and white out conditions that caused numerous accidents.  The interstate was shut down for most of the afternoon as crews worked to clear out several Jack Knifed Semi Trucks and cars that went into the ditches.

1/15/2014 Minneapolis, MN Rush Hour Snow Cold B-Roll

Snow fell over the Minneapolis, MN area on the eve of the latest Blizzard that is forecast to hit the western part of the state on Thursday.

Various scenes from around Minneapolis, MN with additional footage starting at the 2:51 time code of a Jack Knifed Semi Truck in Avon, MN. 

Clip 1 Skyline shot of Minneapolis with haze and snow obscuring the scene.

Clip 2-3 Driving on Interstate 94 with blowing snow.

Clip 3 Woman walking on Hennepin Avenue looking cold with her face covered.

Clip 4 Woman covering here face in the cold wind on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, MN

Clip 5 Street lights on Hennepin Avenue with snow falling.

Clip 6 Police officer directing traffic from a parking garage is ready for the cold with barely any skin exposed except for his eyes and lips.

Clip 7 Woman waiting to cross the street wearing a parka.

Clip 8 Woman wrapped up to avoid the cold.

Clip 9 Woman walking in the cold.

Clip 10 Man walking across 6th street in the cold weather looking cold. 

Clip 11 Man walking along 6th street in the cold and his face is covered.

Clip 12 Low traffic shot with the snow on Hennepin Avenue.

Clip 13 Group of people walking across Hennepin Avenue.

Clip 14 Low traffic shot with the snow and someone rides past on a bicycle.

Clip 15  Woman walking in the cold with a Parka

Clip 16  Woman walking looking cold on Hennepin Avenue.

Clip 17 - 18 Snow plow on Interstate 35W kicking up sparks from the blade while dumping salt on the roadway to clear the latest round of snow.

Extra footage from Avon Minnesota starting at TC 02;51;01
Clip 19 POV drive by shot of Minnesota State Trooper putting flares down on the ground and drive by a jack knifed semi truck in the ditch.

Clip 20 Big rig tow truck drives on the scene.  Pan shot of the truck moving in and pans to wreck.

Clip 21 - 22 Tight and medium shots of the jack knifed semi truck.

Clip 23 State trooper squad car on the road behind the wreck.

Clip 24 POV drive by shot in the east bound lanes of the wreck.

Freezing Antifreeze

The other day I did a video from the back yard here in Minnesota. 

With the prolonged extreme cold temperatures in the Upper Midwest, and double digit negative highs for most of Minnesota, here is an extreme cold example for vehicles that do not have strong enough Anti-Freeze in their cooling system.

The antifreeze used in this video was from a vehicle that was purchased from Kansas and was not winterized for the extreme Minnesota winters. 

Clip 1 Showing current temp of -23F

Clip 2 Look live shot describing how cold it is and the anti-freeze

Clip 3 Setting up the freezing shot anti-freeze shot

Clip 4 A thirty minute time lapse in 9 seconds

Clip 5 Exit out of time lapse to show the frozen Anti-freeze

Clip 6 Look Live shot explaining what just happened to the Antifreeze

Clip 7 Truck that has it's block heater plugged  and starting the engine which sounds rough

Clip 8 Exhaust from a tail pipe in the -20s temps

Clip 9 Blooper, never drink out of a glass bottle in -22 temps, you will freeze your lips.

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