Roads Expected to be Snow Covered All Day

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 07, 2019 05:54 PM

Heavy snow fall has been affecting roads since Wednesday night. Several inches of snow piled up overnight and will continue throughout the day Thursday.

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Between 5 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol reports there were 413 crashes, 32 of which included injuries. Plus, 494 vehicles have spun out off the road. There have also been 18 jackknifed semis, authorities reported.

Northlanders woke up to a snowy and messy start to their day Thursday morning. Folks were out early in the morning with snow blowers and shovels to clean up the snow.

"I gotta get up early and shovel the snow, I can’t sleep in,” James Eck, a community member in Duluth, said. "I did a lot of shoveling in the morning. The more it snows, the more I have to shovel.”

Snow plow operators have been working long and hard to make sure the streets and roads are clear and safe.

"Crews have been working 12 hour shifts so we have 24 hour coverage. We have two shifts and all of our routes have operators on them,” Beth Petrowske, the public affairs coordinator for MnDOT District 1, said.

"I always keep to the main roads or emergency routes. They're always plowed first. With secondary streets, you gotta be more careful,” Eck said.

With gusty winds throughout the day Thursday, snow blowing will cause poor visibility on the roads.

"All of our roads in MnDOT District 1 are completely snow covered today and we expect it'll be that way for the rest of the day,” Petrowske said.

"We're right on Central Entrance so we see a lot of the traffic that comes through. Snow plows and stuff like that, a lot of back up,” Matthew Poverud, a Duluth resident, said.

"We really encourage people to allow extra time. You can’t speed in conditions like this,” Petrowske said.


Alejandra Palacios

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