2013-14 now fifth-snowiest winter on record in Duluth (with video)
The calendar may read April, but Wednesday’s snowy, blustery conditions made it feel more like January or February in the Northland. Again.
The Duluth airport received 7.2 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Thursday, boosting 2013-14 to fifth place on the list of the city’s snowiest winters on record at 125.3 inches. Scroll down for a list of the top 10.
The heaviest snow stayed south of the Twin Ports; parts of Pine County and Northwestern Wisconsin received more than a foot of snow, including 15 inches at Minong, 14 inches at Highbridge and 13.5 inches at Grantsburg. Farther south, Isanti received 19 inches of snow - while a few dozen miles away, southern parts of the Twin Cities metro area saw mainly rain. Click here for an updated list of snowfall reports.
In Duluth, the snow was lighter during the day Wednesday but the winds off Lake Superior were fierce, gusting to 35 mph on Park Point and whipping the tiny, icy snowflakes around. To the north, the Iron Range saw little if any accumulation. Ely and Grand Rapids reported only a half-inch of accumulation.
Snow has moved east of the Twin Ports as of 6:30 a.m. Winter storm warnings remain in effect for the Bayfield, Ashland, Hayward and Hurley areas until 10 a.m., and the North Shore until noon for lingering snow showers in those areas.
Where it's fallen, the snow has compacted on Northland roads and highways, causing some difficult driving conditions and keeping emergency crews busy. From midnight through mid-afternoon Wednesday, the Minnesota State Patrol reported two injury crashes, 12 property damage crashes and 17 vehicles off the road along state highways in the Duluth district.
The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation reported snow-covered highways and difficult driving conditions in the Northland as of 6:30 a.m.
Last year the Northland saw repeated rounds of heavy snow in April en route to the city’s third-snowiest winter on record, at 129.4 inches.
In the wake of the storm, expect skies to clear later Thursday with highs in the upper 30s to near 40 in the Twin Ports. After a chance for some light rain or snow on Saturday, skies should clear again on Sunday and Monday with highs in the 50s to near 60 degrees.
TOP 10 SNOWIEST WINTERS ON RECORD IN DULUTH
- 1. 1995-96, 135.4 inches
- 2. 1949-50, 131.8 inches
- 3. 2012-13, 129.4 inches
- 4. 1996-97, 128.2 inches
- 5. 2013-14, 125.3 inches (so far)
- 6. 1968-69, 121 inches
- 7. 1988-89, 119.1 inches
- 8. 1970-71, 116.9 inches
- 9. 1964-65, 110.8 inches
- 10. 2003-04, 109.9 inches