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Emerson and Rowan Rock work with their friend Maddie Young to "make a house" in the snow at Pinehurst Park Friday afternoon. All three were happy to be out of school, although not so happy that the Spring Fling dance at Washington Elementary school had to be cancelled too. Jana Peterson/jpeterson@pinejournal.com

A white spring

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Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

April snow showers bring what? Record breaking snow accumulation, that's what.

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Duluth International Airport reports about 9.4 inches of new snow from the latest storm, topping 117 inches for the season so far and vaulting the city into seventh place on its list of snowiest winters on record.

Area snowfall totals ranged from 17.8 inches just east of Superior, 15 inches in Hawthorne and 11 inches in Duluth's Lester Park neighborhood  to just a couple inches on the Iron Range and a trace in Internatinal Falls, with areas around the Twin Ports generally reporting 6 to 10 inches. According to the National Weather Service, Cloquet got between 8 1/2 and 6 1/2 inches. Sawyer, however, reported 9.6 inches and Moose Lake 7.6 inches.

Most of Cloquet's streets have been plowed, however driving remains difficult in parts of the Northland this afternoon with many of Duluth's side streets still unplowed. Under the heavy, wet snow, a layer of ice also is making it difficult for even all-wheel-drive vehicles to get traction.

Many schools in the region - including the Duluth, Superior, Proctor, Hermantown and Cloquet districts - announced late Thursday that classes would be canceled today. The University of Minnesota Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Superior and Lake Superior College also are closed today.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions in Duluth and along the Interstate 35 corridor to the Twin Cities. The Minnesota State Patrol reported four injury crashes, six property-damage crashes and 17 vehicles off the road along state highways in the Duluth District through midnight.

The good news is that the snow will begin to melt even later today with highs in the mid-30s, near 40 on Saturday and mid to upper 40's, maybe even 50 degrees later next week.

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