WAYZATA — At least two Minnesota-based grocery store chains are planning to limit their hours and/or services during the stretch of dangerously cold weather.
Lunds & Byerlys posted on its website Tuesday that it is closing early “for the safety of our staff.” Its stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, with normal hours expected to resume Thursday.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you stay warm and safe during this arctic blast,” the announcement said.
Cub Foods has a notice on its website that it is suspending its pick-up and delivery services on Wednesday due to the weather, but they’ll resume Thursday.
Many other businesses and organizations, including the Ice Castles in Excelsior and Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka, have announced they will be limiting hours or will be closed altogether because of the weather over the next two days. Be sure to check in with any establishment before heading there to make sure they are open.
The high temperature on Wednesday in Wayzata is forecast to be 17-below zero, with a low of 27-below zero. Wind chill values will be as low as 53-below zero. This is the coldest air the state has seen since 1996, the National Weather Service in Chanhassen said.
The National Weather Service notes the temperature at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has only been 30-below zero or colder 38 days in history, according to records dating back to 1873.
Temperatures this cold are extremely dangerous and can cause frostbite within minutes if you’re are not properly dressed, officials have said.