April snowstorm by the numbers

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DULUTH, MN — Throughout the Northland Friday, the roar of snow-blowers and the scraping of shovels on driveways could be heard just about everywhere.

The region is digging out after a major spring storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on parts of the region.

“We call it heart attack snow. I’m sure everybody in Duluth knows heart attack snow,” said Woodland resident Barb Lemasurier.

“It’s intense snow. It’s very heavy and wet,” said Carson Main as he was snow blowing his driveway Friday morning.

From a rolled over ambulance, to a bus coming down the hill sideways, the snow impacted the entire region Thursday and into Friday.

“I’ve been here all my life. I know what to expect,” said Lemasurier. She said she wasn’t surprised by the April storm.

Power outages affected thousands of people. Minnesota Power reported as many as 5,000 people lost power at the height of the storm. Superior Water Light and Power reported about 650 outages, and Lake Country Power reported 1,400 outages totally about 7,000 outages for the region.

All three companies report nearly every customer had had power restored as of Friday afternoon.

“We kind of all scrambled at first. Someone was making food, so we had to stop. Our phones weren’t charged so we were kind of freaking out. But, we just sat down and played card games,” said Duluth resident Bridgete Reamer.

Parts of the region saw as much as a foot of snow, meaning stuck cars was surely a given.

“I just plowed right into a snow bank, and now I can’t move,” said Lemasurier.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported 561 crashes and 750 spinouts statewide, with 43 crashes in Duluth, Pine, Carlton and Lake Counties.

In Wisconsin, the State Patrol reports there were 105 spinouts and 26 crashes in the 20 county northwest region.

“The roads were sloppy,” said Main.

And wind speeds topped 70 miles per hour in the Twin Ports, resulting in many blown down trees.

“That was one of the windier experiences I’ve had here,” said Main.

With warmer temperatures coming, digging out wasn’t so bad for those were able to find a few silver linings.

“The only thing I’m happy about is school got canceled. I had an exam I wasn’t ready for,” said Reamer.

At the Duluth International Airport, 7 flights were canceled and 5 diverted between Thursday and Friday.

The airport reports that they returned to normal operations as of this afternoon.


Reporter Anthony Matt

Reporter Anthony Matt

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