Isabella gets a foot of snow; rain continues across Northland

Precipitation may be off and on, rain and snow, through Thursday.

Clearing snow.
Steve Kolberg clears wet, sloppy snow from the sidewalk in front of Congdon Park Elementary School on Wednesday.
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DULUTH — Snow had turned to rain across much of the Northland at mid-morning Wednesday, but not before the ongoing spring storm dumped several inches of new snow on many areas.

The National Weather Service in Duluth is continuing a winter weather advisory for much of the region through Thursday, with a winter storm warning for Lake and Cook counties in Minnesota’s Arrowhead, as the low-pressure system moves very slowly out of the Midwest.

The wet, sloppy snow left some roads messy and slippery Wednesday morning and pushed Duluth Public Schools and some others to cancel school for the day.

The heavy, wet snow knocked out electric service for more than 1,600 Lake Country Power members, the company reported Wednesday morning. Line crews were working to restore service at more than 69 various outage points. Additional line crews from Mountain Iron and McGregor were called to assist the Cohasset and Remer crews. Those affected are primarily in the southwestern parts of the cooperative’s service area including Remer, Longville, Walker, Grand Rapids and Cohasset. Other outage areas include Goodland, Cromwell, Keewatin, Fazer Bay and a growing number of areas to the north. Minnesota Power reported few outages as of mid-morning.

Highs Wednesday are expected to reach into the 40s in many areas, allowing more rain to fall and causing some minor flooding, the Weather Service notes.


Conditions should begin to clear by Friday, with weekend high temperatures in the 40s under clear skies.

Snowfall totals

  • 12 inches — 8 miles south of Isabella
  • 8 inches — Finland
  • 7.8 inches — 7 miles north of Two Harbors
  • 7.2 inches — Sawbill Lake
  • 7 inches — Hovland
  • 6.5 inches — Gary-New Duluth
  • 6.3 inches — Silver Bay
  • 6 inches — Remer; Rice Lake
  • 5.7 inches — Sea Gull Lake
  • 5.2 inches — Woodland
  • 5 inches - National Weather Service Duluth; Piedmont
  • 4.8 inches — Duluth Heights
  • 4.6 inches — Sawyer
  • 4.4 inches — Chisholm
  • 3.6 inches — Holyoke
  • 2.4 inches — Superior
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