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Surprise! Parts of Duluth area wake up to half-foot of lake-effect snow

Parts of the Duluth area woke up to in excess of a half-foot of new snow this morning as a narrow band of lake-effect snow developed overnight.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported that the band was sparked by northeast winds blowing across a narrow patch of open water along the North Shore - open water that expanded in size somewhat in recent days thanks to wind and warmer weather.

Snowfall is forecast to wind down by mid-morning.

As is usual with lake-effect snow, accumulations this morning have been extremely variable within the immediate Twin Ports area. A spotter in Lakewood Township reported 7 inches of snow through 6 a.m., with 6.4 inches at Duluth Heights; only a few inches were reported elsewhere in the Twin Ports.

The new snow was concealing frozen puddles and ice that formed from snow that melted in Monday's and Tuesday's above-freezing temperatures. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported fair driving conditions in the Twin Ports this morning.

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