The first snowfall of the season might hit southeast Minnesota on Saturday. In anticipation of that, I have created a cheat sheet for us of things to remember/things we need to do before the snow flies.

It seems like every winter there's someone who can't remember how winter works. We've gone through this before. About 7 months ago, believe it or not. You can do this.

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10 Tips and Warnings to Prep for Minnesota's First Snowfall

Don't forget to put your ice scraper in your car.

Young woman cleaning car windshield from snow, ice with brush and scraper tool during snowfall while snowing snowflakes falling

Speaking of cars, remember to take things slow, especially on fresh snow/slush.

Blizzard on the road.

And before you drive off, make sure your WHOLE car is cleared of snow, even the roof.


Also, while driving, make sure your headlights are on.

Concept of bad weather and dangerous on the road in winter

Disconnect your outdoor hose if you haven't already done that.

John Nzoka, Unsplash
John Nzoka, Unsplash

And make sure you know where your shovel is. If you put it away in storage, now is the time to take it out.

Shovelling driveway

This is also the time when you should be switching the direction of your ceiling fans.

READ MORE: Why You Should Switch the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans

Brushed Metal Ceiling Fan

While we're talking about your house, check your furnace filter if you haven't in a while, it might need to be replaced.

Technician Looking Over A Gas Furnace

Also, dust and clean your vents and make sure they aren't blocked by something.


It'd be a good idea to check for any leaks in your roof, too. So go into the attic or on the roof and take a look, you don't want snow suddenly coming into your house.

Front closeup of house during day over garage with gray color Single Family Home and roof shingles and ladder during repair

Hopefully, if we do get snow on Saturday, we won't get too much and it'll melt right away because I'm not ready for that yet.

H/T: Realtor Luke Miller

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