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Duluth's February snow record within reach

Melissa Maloney scrapes snow and ice from her windshield Wednesday afternoon. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

The 80 year-old record for snowiest February remained unbroken Wednesday night, despite the winter storm that hit the Northland earlier in the day.

The National Weather Service in Duluth recorded 4.7 inches fallen by 10 p.m. Wednesday bringing the monthly total to 33.5 inches — just .4 inches short of the 1939 record. The snow was expected to taper off early Thursday morning with only additional 1-2 inches predicted to fall.

Thursday is expected to be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 20's. Then on Friday, snow will once again make an appearance. According to the NWS, snow will spread in from the southwest Friday afternoon and evening, bringing up to 4 inches of snow. Snow Friday is expected to begin falling around 8 p.m. Friday in the Twin Ports, most of St. Louis County and in Lake County.

Weather caused travel woes in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin saw issues throughout Wednesday. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 140 crashes — 16 with injuries — and 261 vehicle spin-outs and three jackknifed semis Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. statewide. Travel was not advised by both the city of Duluth and Superior.

Air travel was also affected when the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was forced to close all of its runways early Wednesday morning. At 1:45 p.m., the airport announced on Twitter that only one of four runways were opened. Flights were rerouted with eight of them landing at the Duluth International Airport, according to the airport's Twitter.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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