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Cloquet, Esko and Wrenshall schools are operating on a two-hour delay today (Tuesday, Dec. 3).

All Duluth public, private, parochial and charter schools are closed today because of the heavy snow falling in the Northland.

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The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation report difficult driving conditions across much of the region this morning. Several Northland school districts, including Duluth and Hermantown, canceled classes Tuesday, while others opted for a two-hour late start. The College of St. Scholastica campus will open at 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a winter storm warning for the entire region - through late Wednesday for areas from Duluth north, and through early Thursday morning for areas south and southeast of the Twin Ports.

Through 6:15 a.m., weather spotters had reported 10 inches of snow overnight at Moose Lake and in excess of 10 inches in Duluth, in higher terrain away from Lake Superior.

The steady snowfall has diminished this morning - but there may be a lot more on the way tonight and Wednesday.

Through early afternoon another 1 to 3 inches of snow can be expected on top of what fell overnight, with the highest amounts along the higher terrain on the North Shore. Then another wave of potentially heavy snow is forecast to move into the region starting late this afternoon through late Wednesday.

By the time it's all done, snow accumulations may exceed 20 inches from Grand Rapids through Duluth and up the North Shore. Many other parts of the Northland may see storm total snowfall in excess of a foot. Gusty east winds are expected.

In the wake of the heavy snow, temperatures are forecast to plummet - with overnight lows possibly reaching the teens below zero by Thursday and Friday night. Daytime highs on Friday and Saturday may struggle to climb above zero.

Northland residents should try to clear the snow quickly - because its heavy, wet consistency means it may freeze like concrete once the cold air arrives in the wake of the storm.

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