Power restored in Duluth but misery continues

7:47 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn. - First, the good news: Residents of Duluth woke to find their power back on.

The bad? The misery left by the latest episode of the winter that would not leave continues.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness told KARE 11 Sunrise anchors Tim McNiff and Kim Insley that his city and surrounding suburbs received between 3 and 4 inches of heavy snow Sunday, enough to knock electricity out for thousands of residents.

The Duluth Public Schools are cancelled Monday, and other districts in the northeastern part of the state are either closed or delaying the start of school by 2 hours or more.

Ness did underline that Duluth is still "open for business," but admitted that he and plenty of others in the northland are getting sick and tired of winter, a mindset shared by many across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Sadly, this is not the end of it. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for northern Minnesota.

The spring storm has so far produced about 8 inches of snow in Two Harbors, 6 inches in Breckenridge and 5½ inches in Park Rapids.

The state Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions across northern Minnesota Monday. Some schools called off classes, including Maple Valley and Fairmount.

The storm caused major travel disruptions Sunday, where the snow started earlier and was forecast to be much heavier. Authorities in northwestern Minnesota were kept busy rounding up pigs along Interstate 94 after a semitrailer crash closed part of the highway near Barnesville.

The National Weather Service says as much as a foot and a half of snow fell in western and central North Dakota and northern South Dakota Sunday.




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