Drivers on Interstate 35 south of Duluth were at a standstill just after noon Sunday as snow and slick roads caused crashes and spinouts.
Yes, this was May 19.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 511mn.org travel information website, crews responded to several crashes along I-35 between Midway Road and Boundary Avenue on Sunday.
Emergency crews at one point had southbound traffic stopped on I-35 after a Pontiac G6 sedan lost control, struck a guardrail and ended up sideways across the roadway about 11:10 a.m. The Pontiac then was struck by a Chevrolet Impala, which ended up in the median.
The 26-year-old driver and 23-year-old passenger in the Impala and the 22-year-old driver of the G6 were taken to St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The tough driving conditions Sunday came as the Twin Ports saw yet another bout of spring snow.
A winter weather advisory was in effect until 1 a.m. Monday. Snow accumulations of 1-4 inches were expected, with rain possibly mixed in, according to the National Weather Service.
The advisory included far southern St. Louis County as well as Carlton and Pine counties in Minnesota, and Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties in Wisconsin. A gale warning over Lake Superior was expected to expire at 8 p.m. Sunday as strong winds subsided.
The highest snow totals were expected along U.S. Highway 2 and at higher elevations in Northwestern Wisconsin. Power outages were possible because of fallen tree branches, the Weather Service reported. Lakeshore flooding also was possible in Ashland and Bayfield counties.
By Sunday afternoon, 2.4 inches had fallen at the National Weather Service office near the Duluth International Airport, while precipitation at the bottom of the hill fell mostly as rain. Totals were higher in Wisconsin as of 7 p.m., with 5.9 inches near Poplar, 5 inches in Bennett, 4.5 inches in Foxboro and 4 inches in Oulu.
On Monday, it’s back to spring, at least for a day. Expect sunny skies with a high of about 60 in Duluth. Tuesday will start off sunny with a high of 56 before rain moves in late in the day.
Tuesday night and Wednesday look to be unsettled, according to the Weather Service. Rain and possible thunderstorms are expected Wednesday with a high of 53 before low 60s return to close out the week.