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Expect snow, gusts of wind into afternoon

Snowfall totals were rolling in from throughout the Northland with the Duluth International Airport receiving 4.5 inches of fresh snow overnight, said the National Weather Service on Monday.

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Two men get out of their vehicle to help a driver stuck in the alley at Fifth Avenue West in downtown Duluth. (Samantha Erkkila / serkkila@duluthnews.com)

Snowfall totals were rolling in from throughout the Northland with the Duluth International Airport receiving 4.5 inches of fresh snow overnight, said the National Weather Service on Monday.

The snow was expected to continue throughout the morning and accumulate quickly, making travel “extremely difficult,” said the National Weather Service. Snowfall rates of an inch or two per hour were possible this morning. Snow was expected to decrease this afternoon.

Around the area, spotters for the National Weather Service based in Duluth were reporting 3.5-5.5 inches throughout the Northland. Some in the Brainerd Lakes area were recording up to 6 inches, and totals were significantly lower throughout northwest Wisconsin, where 1-3 inches was the norm.

Snow plows were out in force in and around Duluth, where a winter storm warning was in effect until 6 p.m.

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Roxanne Lein battles the wind and snow as she walks up Fifth Avenue West in downtown Duluth Monday morning. (Samantha Erkkila)

Wind gusts as high as 35 mph made for gale force winds on Lake Superior. Laker traffic was taking heed as ship tracking services showed ships hugging the North Shore up to Thunder Bay on their way back down to the Soo Locks on the east end of the lake.

Affected winter warning areas included southern Lake, southern Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Carlton and south St. Louis and Pine counties.

The weather locally was part of a strong arctic cold front whooshing through the northern Plains that was expected to continue to drop southward and eastward across the United States into Tuesday.

Temperatures were likely to plummet throughout Monday and wind chills were dropping to hazardous levels (-10 to -30 degrees) from Montana through Nebraska.

Some light to moderate snow (a few inches to over 8 inches in the Black Hills of South Dakota) will accompany the frontal passage but will be blown around by strong winds of 20-35 mph and gusts to 50 mph. This system will continue to sink southward Tuesday and bring yet another round of significant snowfall for parts of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Snowfall totals from local weather spotters:

  • 5.6 inches - Libby
  • 5 inches - Lester Park (Duluth)
  • 5 inches - Shaw
  • 4.2 inches - Cloquet
  • 4.2 inches - Fredenberg  
  • 4 inches - Brainerd
  • 4 inches - Two Harbors
  • 3.8 inches - Hermantown
  • 3.6 inches - Superior
  • 3.5 inches - Wright
  • 3.5 inches - Holyoke
  • 3.3 inches - Wrenshall
  • 3 inches - Maple, Wisc.
  • 3 inches - Sandstone
  • 2.2 inches - Cohasset
  • 2.2 inches - Grand Marais
  • 2.1 inches - Orr
  • 2 inches - Kabetogama
  • 1.5 inches - Cook
  • 1 inch - Ashland
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