Snow winds down in Duluth; Park Point closed to non-residents; I-35 now reopened
DULUTH — The National Weather Service in Duluth expected the snow to end early Sunday afternoon, though travel conditions remain difficult to impossible across the Northland.
The city of Duluth's no-travel advisory remains in effect until further notice.
"The public is strongly encouraged to stay home or shelter in place so that plows can continue to clear streets, and public safety staff can respond to emergencies with having the least amount of obstacles in their way as possible," the city said in a news release Sunday afternoon.
According to the city of Duluth and the Weather Service, Duluth officially received 21.7 inches of snow as of noon Sunday, which ranks as the ninth-highest two-day storm total in Duluth history. This November was Duluth's eighth-snowiest on record, with 27.7 inches.
Weather Service spotters across the Northland sent in reports Sunday, with snowfall totals including:
- 23 inches near Lester Park in Duluth
- 22 inches in Gary-New Duluth
- 21.7 inches near Hermantown
- 21.5 inches near Maple
- 20 inches on Madeline Island
- 19.9 inches near Mahtowa
- 19.5 inches in Cloquet
- 18 inches in Saginaw
- 17 inches in Washburn
- 16 inches in Lake Nebagamon
- 15 inches in Two Harbors
The weather service added that "blowing and drifting snow will continue to generate blizzard conditions along the North Shore."
A blizzard warning was allowed to expire at noon, while a lakeshore flood warning continues until 2 p.m. A winter storm warning remains in effect for all of Northwestern Wisconsin and for Pine County in Minnesota until 3 p.m.
Interstate 35 has reopened between Minnesota Highway 33 at Scanlon (Exit 237) and Boundary Avenue at Proctor (Exit 249) after being closed overnight, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. However, MnDOT and the Weather Service reported extremely difficult driving conditions in the area Sunday morning and cautioned motorists to stay home.
Park Point remains closed to non-residents as of noon Sunday, the city reported, with Duluth police checking identification before motorists reach the Aerial Lift Bridge.
While flooding has subsided on South Lake Avenue, Morse and Buchanan streets, and a portion of Canal Park Drive, remained closed as of Sunday afternoon, the city said in its release.
Plows have been out since 2 a.m. in Duluth and will continue to clear main streets Sunday. Work on residential streets is expected to begin early Monday morning, the city reported. However, residents must still abide by alternate-side parking rules and should plan to move their cars to the odd side of the street by 8 p.m. Sunday.
The powerful winter storm has been accompanied by events and institutions issuing postponements and closures.
With lakeshore flooding expected, city staff will continue monitoring Canal Park as well as other lakeshore areas for possible flooding. Staff will close roadways if necessary, according to the release.
On Saturday afternoon, the city closed the section of Harbor Drive behind Amsoil Arena due to flooding. The lighthouse parking lot at the end of Canal Park Drive near Grandma's Saloon & Grill has also closed, according to afternoon news releases from the city. The area is closed to foot traffic as wave sizes are unsafe for pedestrians. Morse Street in Canal Park has also been closed due to flooding.
As of 1 p.m. Sunday, Minnesota Power has reported nine active power outages affecting more than 1,200 customers.
Sunday's closings, delays and cancellations
Due to the winter storm, the following Essentia Health urgent care office closures are in effect for Sunday: Essentia Health Urgent Care-Duluth (400 E. Third St.), Essentia Health Urgent Care-West Duluth (4212 Grand Ave.), Essentia Health Urgent Care-Hermantown (4855 W. Arrowhead Road) and Essentia Health Convenient Care-Superior (2202 E. Second Street, Suite 377). All Essentia Health hospitals remain open.
The University of Minnesota Duluth men's and women's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference openers against St. Cloud State University have been canceled.
The College of St. Scholastica's men's hockey Sunday game with St. Thomas has been canceled.
Activities at the 28th annual Amsoil Duluth National Snocross at Spirit Mountain have been canceled.
Miller Hill Mall is closed.
Bentleyville is closed; organizers hope to reopen at 5 p.m. Monday.
The Duluth Children's Museum is closed.
Music Go Round, 105 E. Central Entrance, is closed.
Sunday worship service cancellations
Bayside Baptist Church in Superior
Bethel Lutheran Church in Superior
Bethesda's Lutheran Church in Carlton
Elim Lutheran Church in Duluth
Faith Lutheran Church in Culver
Faith Lutheran Church in Meadowlands
First Covenant Church in Duluth
First Lutheran Church in Duluth
First Lutheran Church in Port Wing, Wis.
First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop) in Duluth
Hillside United Methodist Church in Duluth
Jesus Is Life Ministries Church in Duluth
Journey Christian Church in Cloquet
Kenwood Lutheran Church in Duluth
Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Duluth
Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn
Messiah Lutheran Church in Washburn has also postponed its Dartball Recruitment Event from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.
Mission Covenant Church in Poplar
Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Duluth
New Life Community Church in Carlton
Peace United Church of Christ in Duluth
Pilgrim Congregational Church in Duluth
Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior
Salem Lutheran Church in Hermantown
St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church in Duluth
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Duluth
St. Lawrence Church in Duluth; a 5 p.m. Mass is scheduled Sunday
Trinity Episcopal Church in Hermantown
Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Duluth
United Baptist Christian Church in Duluth
The Vineyard Church at 1533 W. Arrowhead Road, and The Vineyard Church (Eastside Location) 3833 E. Superior St., Duluth
Westside Vineyard Church in Duluth
Monday's closings, delays and cancellations
- The Maple school district's schools are closed Monday.
- The University of Minnesota Duluth campus will remain closed until noon Monday.
- The College of St. Scholastica will remain closed until noon Monday.
Saturday's closings, delays and cancellations
The Duluth Transit Authority discontinued services after 5:30 p.m. Saturday until conditions become compatible with travel.
Bentleyville closed Saturday with plans to reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Duluth Public Library's main branch downtown closed Saturday and is expected to resume normal hours Monday.
The Duluth Cinema and The Lakes 10 in Hermantown closed after 5:30 p.m. Saturday with plans to reopen Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Miller Hill Mall in Duluth closed after 6 p.m. Saturday.
The downtown Duluth YMCA and the Essentia Wellness Center closed after 5 p.m. Saturday with hopes of re-opening at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Duluth Children's Museum closed after 1 p.m. Saturday.
Trains from the Duluth Depot did not run on Saturday, including Christmas City Express and the Bentleyville Shuttle Train.
Glensheen Mansion was closed Saturday.
Two Harbors Red Kettle bell ringing was canceled for Saturday.
AICHO's Biboon Bimaadizimin holiday market has been rescheduled to Dec. 7.
The Superior tree lighting ceremony was rescheduled to Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
The Greater Duluth Council announced Small Business Saturday in Duluth's Downtown Waterfront District will be extended to include Saturday, Dec. 7 as it will be up to each individual business whether they remain open during the snow storm.
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