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Also if you are going to secure your valuables in a vehicle, make sure you store them prior to arriving at you destination.  Thieves are experts at watching people store valuables in the trunk and then striking when they leave.
 
Also if you are going to secure your valuables in a vehicle, make sure you store them prior to arriving at you destination.  Thieves are experts at watching people store valuables in the trunk and then striking when they leave.
  
Due to its northern and inland location, Minneapolis is prone to weather extremes. During winter Minneapolis can be '''very cold''', occasionally reaching temperatures as low as -25°F (-31.6° C). Travelers to Minneapolis between the months of November and April should prepare for often extreme and erratic weather. Warm winter coats are necessary, as well as insulated and preferably waterproof footwear. '''Extended time spent outside without protective clothing may result in hypothermia and death'''. Locals will often brag to outsiders about their resilience, and complaints about the cold will be met with friendly mocking. If a local complains to you about it being cold you've become accepted as a Minnesotan. There is generally thick snow cover, though not as deep as closer to the Great Lakes it is still considerable. Summer weather can be equally extreme, combining somewhat high temperatures with very high humidity. Despite being far to the north, Minneapolis can feel nearly tropical on a hot day Tornadoes strike Minneapolis proper every few years. Recent tornadoes have been small, but Minneapolis exists at the northern boundary of Tornado Alley, and violent tornadoes are a possibility. Avoid outdoor activities if there are severe weather watches in effect. Spring and Fall tend to be cool, but quite pleasant. Rarely a freak storm will hit during these seasons, but should not be deeply worried. Waterways should be avoided in spring due to flooding caused by melting snow.
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During winter Minneapolis can be '''very cold''', occasionally reaching temperatures as low as -25°F (-31.6° C). Travelers to Minneapolis between the months of November and April should prepare for often extreme and erratic weather. Warm winter coats are necessary, as well as insulated and preferably waterproof footwear. '''Extended time spent outside without protective clothing may result in hypothermia and death'''. Locals will often brag to outsiders about their resilience, and complaints about the cold will be met with friendly mocking. If a local complains to you about it being cold you've become accepted as a Minnesotan. There is generally thick snow cover, though not as deep as closer to the Great Lakes it is still considerable. Summer weather can be equally extreme, combining somewhat high temperatures with very high humidity. Despite being far to the north, Minneapolis can feel nearly tropical on a hot day Tornadoes strike Minneapolis proper every few years. Recent tornadoes have been small, but Minneapolis exists at the northern boundary of Tornado Alley, and violent tornadoes are a possibility. Avoid outdoor activities if there are severe weather watches in effect. Spring and Fall tend to be cool, but quite pleasant. Rarely a freak storm will hit during these seasons, but should not be deeply worried. Waterways should be avoided in spring due to flooding caused by melting snow.
  
 
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