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Duluth jumps to 7th snowiest winter, tops 117 inches so far

Martin Phillips of Duluth really leans into it as he helps Christopher Stockland try to free his truck at 7th Avenue East and 4th Street in Duluth on Friday morning. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)1 / 5
Tom Mager of Duluth hoped he'd have enough momentum driving downhill from his driveway Friday morning to blast through the snow and make it to Jean Duluth Road. Unfortunately he got stopped a few feet short by dense snow. Mager was hoping he'd be able to get to work soon. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)2 / 5
Becky Skurla and her husband Jim, of Duluth, work together to remove snow from their driveway Friday morning. Becky filled a snow scoop with snow which she then moved farther down the road to dump. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)3 / 5
Drivers in the Duluth area are contending with snowy roads this morning after a storm dropped more than 8 inches of snow in the area. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)4 / 5
Snow falls in downtown Duluth on Thursday night, April 3, 2014. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)5 / 5

The snow has stopped, storm warnings have expired and the sun was out in Duluth as of noon. Now get out there and finish that shoveling.

Duluth International Airport reports about 9.4 inches of new snow from the latest storm, topping 117 inches for the season so far and vaulting the city into seventh place on its list of snowiest winters on record.

Snow had ended across much of the Northland, but a winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. for Lake and Cook Counties in Minnesota and all of nothern Wisconsin as the storm winds down and moves east out of the region.

Snowfall totals ranged from 17.8 inches just east of Superior, 15 inches in Hawthorne and 11 inches in Duluth's Lester Park neighborhood  to just a couple inches on the Iron Range and a trace in Internatinal Falls, with areas around the Twin Ports generally reporting 6 to 10 inches.

Driving remains difficult in much of the Northland this afternoon with many of Duluth's side streets still unplowed. Under the heavy, wet snow, a layer of ice also is making it difficult for even all-wheel-drive vehicles to get traction.

Many schools in the region - including the Duluth, Superior, Proctor, Hermantown and Cloquet districts - announced late Thursday that classes would be canceled today. The University of Minnesota Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Superior and Lake Superior College also are closed today. Click here for the complete list.

While the main streets in Duluth were plowed throughout the night, the Duluth Police Department was advising limited travel until the storm clears later today. Early morning reports from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office noted drifting snow and spotty plowing on main roads.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions in Duluth and along the Interstate 35 corridor to the Twin Cities. The Minnesota State Patrol reported four injury crashes, six property-damage crashes and 17 vehicles off the road along state highways in the Duluth District through midnight.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported snow-covered highways in Northwestern Wisconsin; for a time officials advised no travel on U.S. Highway 2 between Wentworth and Ashland, and U.S. Highway 63 between Ashland and Hayward. That no-travel advisory was lifted shortly before 8 a.m.

The Duluth Transit Authority reported that regular-route buses will operate as usual today, through there may be some service delays. Routes 9LS, 13U and 18 - serving Lake Superior College and UMD - will not operate because those campuses are closed.

Other snow totals include 13.3 inches at Ashland; 12.5 inches at Oulu in Bayfield County and at Cloverdale in Douglas County; and 11.5 inches at Maple in Douglas County. Click here for an expanded list of snow totals. The Twin Cities also reported 6-12 inches of new snow.

The good news is that the snow will begin to melt even later today with highs in the mid-30s, near 40 on Saturday and mid to upper 40's, maybe even 50 degrees later next week.

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