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Duluth approaches snowiest winter on record

Winter storm conditions and flooding are expected to continue throughout much of the Northland.

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The St. Louis River rages with melting snow in Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood Sunday. A flooded Chambers Grove Park, closed to the public, is seen on the right.
Barrett Chase / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH โ€” This winter moved into the second place slot for the seasonal snowfall record Sunday. Duluth had received 135.1 inches of snow this season as of 8 p.m., surpassing the second place record of 131.8 inches set in 1949-1950, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

With 1-4 inches predicted overnight, it is possible Duluth could surpass the 1995-96 record of 135.4 inches.

Both the Wisconsin South Shore and the Cook County lake shore segment of the North Shore were under blizzard warnings Sunday evening. The rest of the region is under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory until Monday morning.

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Canada geese swim along a flooded 121st Avenue West on Sunday.
Barrett Chase / Duluth News Tribune

Bayfield surpassed its record snowfall by 12.2 inches at 163.5 inches for the season and faced predictions of another foot to 18 inches Sunday night to Monday morning along with much of Northwestern Wisconsin. Snowfall was predicted to start there Sunday evening.

Winds were also predicted to rise Sunday evening for much of the region with peak gusts up in the 30-40 mph range, potentially bringing scattered power outages and widespread areas of blowing snow. The saturated soils can also make trees more susceptible to falling.

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Additional snow melt and precipitation are expected to exacerbate ongoing flooding impacts. Major flooding is expected on the St. Louis River at Scanlon and high flows continue on the Moose Horn, Kettle, Snake and St. Croix rivers. Low-lying areas and back roads are likely to continue to be impacted by high creeks and rivers.

Record snowfall years

  1. 1995-1996 135.4"
  2. 2022-2023 135.1"
  3. 1949-1950 131.8"
  4. 2013-2014 131.0"
  5. 2012-2013 129.4"
  6. 1996-1997 128.2"
  7. 1968-1969 121.0"
  8. 1988-1989 119.1"
  9. 1970-1971 116.9"
  10. 1964-1965 110.9"
  11. 1993-1994 110.4"
  12. 2003-2004 109.9"
Numerous streets in Duluth, Proctor and throughout St. Louis County have been impacted.

This story was updated at 8:24 p.m. April 16, 2023, with additional information from the weather service.  It was originally posted at 12:14 p.m. April 16.

Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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