ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - The St. Paul Winter Carnival starts Thursday, but the Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade, which kicks off the nearly monthlong festivities, has been canceled due to dangerous wind chills.
Outdoor activities in Kellogg Mall Park have also been canceled. The official kickoff will now take place inside the Landmark Center starting at 5 p.m. with the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family, the bouncing team and others.
Winter Carnival officials said Wednesday they abide by the City of St. Paul's weather policy, which allows events to occur outside unless the wind chill is at 25 degrees or more below zero. On Thursday, wind chills expected to reach 20 to 35 degrees below zero.
The Winter Carnival expects to resume its activities outside on Friday, with the exception of the Vulcan Snow Park at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The snow park will be closed on Friday, but will be open starting on Saturday at 9 a.m.
BLUSTERY & RAW winds cause 2 issues later today: they cause chills of -20 to -35 as temps plunge through the day (thus a Wind Chill Advisory) AND the blow around enough snow to reduce visibilities in Greater MN ... #WeatherOnThe9s @FOX9 pic.twitter.com/sr8mKmnwR3— Keith Marler ☀️ (@KeithMarlerFox9) January 24, 2019