Update: High winds cause damage in the Northland
High winds, causing blizzard-like conditions, are expected to last until Friday morning.
The Weather Service is calling for 6-8 inches it fall in many areas through Friday.
Fierce northeast winds off Lake Superior were gusting to 50 mph this morning at Duluth International Airport and 71 mph on the Blatnik Bridge at 4 p.m. Shoreline flooding has been occurring in Duluth's Canal Park and other areas. Tree limbs and power lines have been falling all over the Northland causing damage as well as power outages.
In Superior, winds blew shingles off the roof of Ruth House, a nonprofit ministry to the homeless that served as an overnight warming shelter during the winter. Dewey Basley, the ministry’s coordinator, said the landlord had been notified but there hadn’t been any leakage as of midafternoon on Thursday and activities hadn’t been affected.
“You’ve just got to be careful where you park or you’ll get hit by flying shingles,” he said, good-humoredly.
Carlton County was hit hard by winds Thursday with trees and power poles falling down across the county. Cloquet police were advising people to avoid 11th Street and Carlton Avenue in Cloquet around noon due to a large pine tree down across the road. In Esko a tree took down a power line on Church Road near East Harney Road causing a small fire.
Superior was also suffering from downed trees. A train was stopped for a downed tree near the Red Barn Skating Rink in Superior on Thursday afternoon.
More snow and freezing rain are possible Thursday night and into Friday morning.
Snow hit parts of southern Minnesota Wednesday and many Northland schools and other agencies closed today in advance of the storm moving north.
Snowfall totals across southern Minnesota as of 9 a.m. ranged from 2 inches in Little Falls to nearly 10 inches in Burnsville, just south of the Twin Cities. Snow totals in parts of South Dakota ranged from 6 to 18 inches.
A winter storm warning remains posted for much of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, with a blizzard warning in effect for western Minnesota.