Record snow weighing on sufferers of snow anxiety

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20, 2019] With a record February snowfall on the books, it’s likely you’ve experienced your fair share of snow fatigue. The ongoing snow, however, has been more unsettling for others. Laura Barnum of Oakdale says she suffers from snow anxiety.

Whether it’s knowing you have to shovel or snowblow your driveway or sidewalk, changing or canceling travel plans or figuring out what to do with your kids when they are out of school for a snow day, round after round of snow can cause a little anxiety in anyone.

Allina Health psychologist Dr. Cheryl Bemel with says while people clinically diagnosed with a phobia of snow are rare, milder forms of anxiety caused by changes in the weather are more common.