Duluth Hit With Over 2 Inches of Snow Sunday

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 19, 2019 10:50 PM

The Northland was hit with some snow on Sunday and it was a surprise to many who weren't expecting to see it in May anymore.


The National Weather Service(NWS) said this is the latest in May that Duluth has recorded over an inch of snow. The NWS was even surprised to see the amount of snow that fell in the Northland. 

Poplar, Wisconsin, saw the most with 5.9 inches. Cloquet had 1.5 inches and Duluth had 2.4 inches. 

"As a meteorologist, it’s wild to see snow this late in May. As a personal feeling, I don't like it. I don't like snow in May, it’s time for spring,” Mike Stewart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said.

Stewart said the cooler air is to blame for the mini winter wonderland. 

"The colder air stayed over the area a lot longer than we expected. Once the precipitation moved up North, the temperature dropped two to three degrees and that's why we started getting this snow,” Stewart said.

"It was something I was not expecting but like I said before, this is spring time in Duluth,” Bill Pagel, a Duluth resident, said.

"I've never seen this. I’ve lived here all my life for the most part. I've never seen snow this late. After the last one I thought that it was over but I guess not,” Troy Geary, a Duluth resident, said.

May 19 isn't even the latest date that Duluth has gotten snow in the area. Duluth got a little bit of snow in the end of May back in the 60's.

"The record of any accumulating snow is 0.4 inches on May 28th, 1965,” Stewart said.

The snow made roads across the Northland slushy and wet, causing several accidents. There were also reports of power outages.

Some folks chose to have fun with the snow with some winter activities like sledding and making snow angels.

"My yard is full of snow already, it's probably enough to make a snow man,” Geary said.

Northlanders like Geary said they've joked about considering moving somewhere else after seeing the snow on Sunday.

"Yea I’ve been thinking about that for a while, but no, I like the area and like I said, this is a short kind of thing, but hopefully we'll have some warmer weather here shortly,” Geary said.

For now, the NWS said this will be the last time we see snow in May. Stewart said its going to be warming up again, which means the snow will melt, but there will be wet conditions soon.

"The rest of the week looks like we will receive a lot of rain which may cause some flooding problems at the end of the week,” Stewart said.


Alejandra Palacios

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