January 12, 2018 10:43 AM
Although snow didn't start falling until the early morning hours, this latest winter storm began when temperatures were above freezing.
Fog and drizzle from the previous night washed salt off many of the roads. But after a cold front swept through the region causing the temperatures to plummet through the 20s, an icy glaze turned sidewalks and untreated avenues into ice rinks. However, plows and road crews were hard at work gaining the upper hand on Old Man Winter's latest attack.
A counterpunch soon occurred as the first flakes started flying before sunrise in the Twin Ports.
It wasn't long for a slushy mix to accumulate on many of the streets in Downtown Duluth. However, the snow had been falling rather heavily along parts of the Iron Range where more than half a foot of snow was reported.
The combination of gusty winds and snow squalls hindered visibilities as drivers headed out for the morning commute.
The wintry conditions cause many area schools to close for the day, including Duluth Public School District. Some, though, took the latest of what winter had to offer in stride, finding a way to make into office. Yet, conditions continued to deteriorate through midday.
Fortunately, many drivers heeded advice on area highways, including Interstate 35, by slowing down when necessary and taking a little extra time.
Updated: January 12, 2018 10:43 AM
Created: January 11, 2018 03:55 PM
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