This winter's first storm dropped 12.5 inches of snow in Cloquet on Thursday, Dec. 27. Elsewhere, 24 inches of snow fell in Finland and Lutsen; McGregor had 19.2 inches; Mahtowa had 11.5 inches; and Superior had just 5.

Overnight from Sunday, Dec. 30, to New Year's Eve morning, another 4.2 inches of snow fell in Cloquet. The weather locally was part of a strong arctic cold front blanketing the northern Great Plains.