Snow causes travel headaches in Northland; temperatures will tumble tonight
The Northland saw anywhere between a dusting and a foot of new snow from Friday evening through Saturday, adding to already-mountainous snow piles and causing travel headaches across the region.
Meanwhile, temperatures will tumble into the teens and 20s below zero tonight and Sunday morning, with wind chills in the 30s below zero. A wind chill advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Sunday for Northeastern Minnesota.
A band of lake-effect snow parked itself over parts of Superior late Friday into Saturday. A weather spotter five miles southeast of Superior reported 11.5 inches of snow as of early Saturday morning. Totals of 4 to 8 inches were reported in Allouez and other eastern neighborhoods of the city.
Lake-effect snow kicked in later Saturday along the North Shore, where Lutsen reported a half-foot of accumulation through Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, occasional snow showers dropped 1 to 3 inches of snow across much of the region. The Duluth airport reported 1.3 inches of snow through Saturday evening.
Emergency crews were kept busy responding to accidents throughout the day, as the new snow fell atop roads and highways still coated with ice and snow from storms earlier this month. There were no reports of serious injuries.
Saturday's high temperature at the Duluth airport was 11 degrees above zero. Temperatures will struggle to climb above zero away from Lake Superior on Sunday.
A warm-up is in the forecast for Monday, with highs reaching the 20s in parts of the region and a chance for more snow. Colder conditions and additional chances for snow will return later in the week.
Snow removal downtown
The city of Duluth is set to begin snow removal operations downtown beginning at 2 a.m. Monday. Crews will work to reduce and remove snowbanks along downtown streets until about 7 a.m., when operations will end to avoid interrupting rush-hour traffic.
The downtown snow removal efforts will resume early Tuesday morning. Parked vehicles should be removed from downtown streets and avenues before 2 a.m. Monday and Tuesday to avoid being ticketed and towed.