Like the snow? Grab your chance to enjoy it nowRemember how, a couple weeks ago, there were patches of bare ground in Duluth and continuing talk of the “un”-winter of 2011-12? All of that seems like a distant memory now.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Remember how, a couple weeks ago, there were patches of bare ground in Duluth and continuing talk of the “un”-winter of 2011-12? All of that seems like a distant memory now.
Lake-effect snow bands dropped several more inches of snow on Duluth and locations along the North Shore on Sunday, pushing weekend snow totals well in excess of a foot in some locations. That’s on top of the nearly one foot of snow that fell Wednesday. And a few inches fell the previous Sunday, too. In all, Duluth has more than doubled its seasonal snow total in the past week.
Sunday’s snowfall was caused by persistent east winds off Lake Superior that created favorable conditions for lake-effect snow bands. Weekend snowfall totals reported by the National Weather Service included 16 inches near Chester Park in Duluth, in Lakewood Township and at Larsmont; 15 inches a few miles north of Two Harbors; and 10.6 inches in Wrenshall.
The heavy snow was localized in the Twin Ports vicinity and along the North Shore. Ely, for example, saw 1½ inches over the weekend.
In all, through Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service office near the Duluth airport recorded 24.1 inches of snow since the previous Sunday, Feb. 26. Going into Feb. 26, the snowfall for the entire season stood at 23.4 inches.
While the recent snowfall has ended any talk of a low-snow record for Duluth, the city is trailing its average snowfall by more than 20 inches for this point in the winter.
The piles of snow in the Twin Ports are going to start shrinking today and Tuesday. Highs today are forecast to reach the mid-30s, according to the Weather Service, with mid-40s possible Tuesday under partly sunny skies.