Remembering the November 30, 2019 blizzard |

Remembering the November 30, 2019 blizzard

Updated: November 30, 2021 07:19 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 07:12 PM

The Northland is usually ready for snow in November, but on November 30, 2019 the region was hit with a blizzard that left us covered. Heavy snow and gale force winds forced snow drifts to be as tall as people. Cars were completely covered and by the time the snow was done, Duluth would have received 21.7 inches of new snow. 

Many WDIO employees, including the weather department spent the night at the station monitoring the storm and provided updates on-air and on our digital platforms.

The heavy snow and gale force winds had Duluth City officials urging everyone to limit travel plans that Saturday. A travel advisory was put in place from Saturday to Monday. There was so much snow, city plows had a difficult time clearing the streets. Drivers had been working overnight to clear as many streets as possible and the City deployed addition equipment and drivers to get the job done. Travel was so difficult during that storm, the City of Duluth is now able to declare an official snow emergency, to help out plow drivers and city crews.

On November 30, 2019, whiteout conditions and treacherous driving caused a number of businesses to close and canceled events. Saturday's blizzard had caused Bentleyville to shut down for not one, but two nights. The November 30 storm also affected the Amsoil Snowcross Race.

“We’re snowmobile people here at Snocross so we’re going to do absolutely everything that we can do to put on the races and put on a good show," Miranda Litzau, VP of Marketing for the Series Amsoil Snocross Team told WDIO News. "We love snow, we pray for snow so we’re going to work through it and definitely want everyone to come out and enjoy it.”  The races on Sunday were canceled due to the storm.

A portion of Harbor Drive behind Amsoil Arena was closed due to flooding, as was the Lighthouse Lot by Grandma's Saloon and Grill. People were asked to stay away from the Lakewalk because it was becoming unsafe for pedestrians. 

For some, the new snow provided an opportunity to play. Lucas Anderson of Duluth spoke with WDIO News that night. "Snowpocalypse 2019--We survived the the night," he said. "I actually went snowboarding down all of tenth and all the way down to 1st West.  I love to get out and use these hills for urban snowboarding when we have these huge blizzards."

The storm had blanketed the upper Midwest over the Thanksgiving holiday, with snow and freezing drizzle. The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning stretching from central Montana to northern Wisconsin. Parts of western South Dakota were under a blizzard warning.

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