Heavy snow arrives in Duluth, near blizzard conditions

duluth-storm.jpg A man takes cover behind a rock from large waves crashing into the shoreline near Canal Park Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Duluth, Minn. as a storm moves into the area. (Derek Montgomery for MPR)

A band of heavy snow, accompanied by lightning and thunder dumped a quick three to five inches on the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Brainerd this morning.

Late this morning the band of heavy snow was about to clobber Duluth. Winds coming down the full fetch of Lake Superior will gust to over 40 mph creating blizzard like condiitions.


Heavy snow is over for much of the remainder of the state. However, light snow is expected to continue in central Minnesota through the afternoon and overnight hours. An additional one to three inches of accumulation is possible between noon and midmorning on Friday.


Check the latest snowfall totals here.

Cold continues on Friday. Saturday looks to be the better day of the weekend. More precipitation arrives Sunday with gusty winds.

Craig Edwards

  • hsl

    Would love to hear one or more of the meteorologists comment on the apparently unusual path of this storm, circling back toward the northwest. Down here in Rochester we have been blessed to avoid the worst of the storm, in part because of this strange pattern. Any wisdom to impart on how unusual–if at all–this is?

  • John

    @hsl There’s a site that includes discussion with meteorologists who can answer your question. It’s MinnesotaForecaster.com

  • Craig

    Thanks for sharing your link John. the meteorological discussion on the NWS website, listed on forecast page under local area discussion is good as well.