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Alice Findley uses the neon-pink National Weather Service snow gage to measure new snow at her home five miles north of Two Harbors. Findley reported 50 inches of new snow during the three-day snowstorm. While Weather Service officials say she may have been measuring some drifted snow in addition to new snow, they note that the North Shore highlands where Findley lives are a hotspot for heavy snow totals. Photo by Dan Findley.

50 inches - and a yardstick won't do

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When Alice Findley used her official National Weather Service snow gage to take a measurement outside her house Wednesday afternoon, the neon-pink yardstick disappeared into the white.

"It's only 36 inches long and we had 39 inches of snow on the ground,'' Findley told the Duluth News Tribune that day.

On Thursday morning, an additional 11 inches were on the ground at her Two Harbors home.

"Fifty inches! I've never in my life...," she said with a chuckle.

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