Forum News Service, Published April 17 2014
Duluth sees fifth-snowiest winter on recordDULUTH – Northeastern Minnesota residents looking for further confirmation that the winter of 2013-14 ranks among the region’s most severe can add this to the list: It’s now the fifth-snowiest winter on record in Duluth.
The city cracked the top five late Wednesday and solidified its hold on that spot as snow continued to fall early Thursday. The National Weather Service reported that the storm total at the Duluth airport was 7.2 inches, pushing the season total to 125.3 inches.
Last year, the region saw several rounds of heavy snow in April en route to the city’s third-snowiest winter on record, at 129.4 inches. The record is 135.4 inches, set in the winter of 1995-96.
E The 6.4 inches of snow that fell at the Duluth airport Wednesday was a record for the date. The old record was 4.6 inches, set in 1939.
E Duluth has received 20.6 inches of snow so far this month; the average for this point in April is 4.7 inches. Last April, the city received 50.8 inches, the snowiest month on record in Duluth.
More snow south
While 7 inches of snow and gusty winds caused headaches in the Duluth-Superior, Wis., area, some communities to the south and east saw more than twice as much snow from Wednesday into Thursday.
Grantsburg, Wis., reported 16.5 inches of snow, with 15 inches at Minong, Wis., Sandstone and Pine City. A spotter in Ashland, Wis., reported 14.7 inches of snow, with 13.5 inches at Hayward, Wis., and 12.6 inches at Holyoke, Wis. A number of school districts started Thursday’s classes on a two-hour delay, and a few districts canceled school.
Meanwhile, the Iron Range and points north saw only a dusting to perhaps an inch of snow. Ely and Grand Rapids reported only a half-inch of accumulation.
Disparity in Twin Cities
A rain-snow line set up across the Twin Cities on Wednesday, creating a big disparity in storm snow totals from one side of the metro area to the other.
The northern suburbs and points just beyond saw more than a foot of snow, including 20 inches in North Branch, 19 inches at Isanti and 17 inches at Nowthen. To the south, there was just 2.4 inches at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, and three-tenths of an inch at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.