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A small taste of winter

Area drivers got acquainted with winter all over again on Friday. After seven days without measurable snow, Duluth had 1.7 inches of snow by 6 p.m. Friday, with more rain and snow expected over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Area drivers got acquainted with winter all over again on Friday. After seven days without measurable snow, Duluth had 1.7 inches of snow by 6 p.m. Friday, with more rain and snow expected over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Duluth last got snow on Dec. 22 -- two-tenths of an inch, meteorologist Kris White said. You'd have to go back to Dec. 5 to recall as much as 2 inches of snowfall.

Friday's freezing drizzle and wet snow created scattered slippery spots on Northland highways. The Minnesota State Patrol called in extra troopers Friday morning to help deal with accidents and vehicles in ditches across the region.

Darin Lind, owner of Duke's Towing of Duluth, said business was "steady all day. It's pretty typical, people driving a little too fast and getting themselves into trouble."

There is a slight chance of more snow today, meteorologist Amy Liles said.

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"Saturday night is when that big system is coming in from the West," she said. "It looks like Saturday night we could start out with some freezing rain, switching over to snow on Sunday. Depending upon how warm it is will determine the amount of snow we get. We don't have a strong grip yet on how much snow we'll get."

Snow should continue Sunday night, tapering off on Monday, she said.

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