Duluth 0.3 inches shy of winter snow record; heavy snow continues along South Shore

Snowfall totals hit 15 inches near Philips, 14.5 inches at Red Cliff.

Ice and debris traveling in a river
Chunks of ice and debris travel as the St. Louis River flows near Broadway Street in Cloquet on Friday.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — It’s as if the winter of 2022-23 is trying to stick it to Duluth one last time, teasing us less than a half-inch from the snowiest winter record despite six months of shoveling.

Snow continued to fall overnight across parts of Northwestern Wisconsin’s South Shore snowbelt and a small portion of Minnesota’s North Shore, where a blizzard warning is posted through 7 p.m. Monday and where another 6 inches or more could fall Monday whipped by northwest winds gusting to 40 mph.

Winter storm and blizzard warnings remain in effect until Monday evening for portions of Northwestern Wisconsin and Minnesota's Arrowhead — areas in red and pink on the map — where several more inches of snow could fall Monday. Flood advisories and warnings remain in effect for much of the Northland — areas in green shades on the map.
Contributed / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Duluth said snow stopped Sunday evening in Duluth, leaving the city officially with 135.1 inches of snow for the season, 0.3 inches away from the record set in 1996. There’s a chance for rain and freezing rain Wednesday with another chance of snow Thursday.

Brainerd reached its snowiest winter ever with 7 new inches of snow Sunday for a seasonal total of over 84.8 inches. Bayfield also continues to add to its record snowy winter at more than 162.5 inches.

Meanwhile, flooding continues in Duluth’s Fond du Lac neighborhood, where Water Street was inundated, and in Scanlon, with the St. Louis River over its banks. The river appears to have crested, at least temporarily, late Sunday at Scanlon at 13.54 feet and had dropped to 13.4 feet Monday morning as subfreezing temperatures locked up some moisture in the remaining and new snowpack. The river is considered in major flood stage over 13 feet. The river was still running at nearly 33,000 cubic feet per second.


A restaurant with flooding nearby.
The River Inn Bar and Grill in Scanlon on Friday. Water from melting snow and the St. Louis River can been seen to the right.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Dozens of roads remain closed across St. Louis and Carlton counties as low areas are inundated with swollen ditches and streams. Flooding also was happening along the Moose Horn River in Barnum and along Moosehead Lake in Moose Lake, where concrete barriers and sandbags had been placed to keep rising waters out of businesses.

Numerous streets in Duluth, Proctor and throughout St. Louis County have been impacted.

Snowfall totals from Sunday/Monday storm

15 inches - 7 miles NW Phillips, Wis.
14.5 inches - Red Cliff, Wis.
13 inches - 4 miles NW Washburn, Wis.
10 inches - Maple, Wis.
8.5 inches - Brule, Wis.
8 inches - Leech Lake, Chisholm
7 inches - Brainerd
6 inches - Tofte
5 inches - Ely, Hibbing, Cotton
3.5 inches - Duluth, National Weather Service

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Gary Meader / Duluth News Tribune

Where to get local flood information, road closures, sandbags

Ashland County

An interactive map of current road closures can be found at this link .

Bayfield County

Updates on road closures can found at the Bayfield County EM Facebook page .


Douglas County

Updates can be found at at the top of the page.

Road closures can be viewed at this interactive map .

Sawyer County

Updates will be posted on the Sawyer County EM and Public Health Facebook pages.

St. Louis County

Residents who want to request sandbags should go through their local city or township (not straight to the county), from there the local city/town will coordinate with the county.

Find an interactive map of road closures in St. Louis County at this link .


Floodwood residents can get sandbags for free at the Floodwood City Garage.

Carlton County

Go to the Carlton County website for news flash updates and additional resident resources.

Residents can get sandbags at the Moose Lake Area Fire District station.

This story was updated at 2:15 p.m. April 17 with weekend snowfall totals.  It was originally posted at 8:28 a.m. April 17.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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