MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - With a fresh blanket of snow, it looks like anything but springtime in Minnesota. It’s hard to believe the Twins home opener is almost here.
Despite the cold temperatures, the Twins are still set to take on the Seattle Mariners Thursday afternoon at Target Field.
Crews have been using hot water to clear snow and ice from the stands.
"We're pushing 130 degree water around, melting a lot of the snow we had in place and washing the stadium at the same time," said Gary Glawe, the senior director of facilities for the Minnesota Twins.
There wasn't a lot of snow buildup on the field, since it has an underground heating system and has been at 70 degrees for several weeks, Glawe said.
The coldest Minnesota Twins home opener on record was on April 14, 1962 when it was 33 degrees for the first pitch. Thursday’s game could give that record a run for its money.
April is typically a transitional month in Minnesota, but this year the state has really earned its "Bold North" nickname.