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Winter Storm Notebook

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The City of Duluth has closed access to Park Point for non-residents. The Duluth Police Department is checking identification before the Aerial Lift Bridge. City officials have also closed Buchanan Street and the portion of Canal Park Drive that connects to Morse Street.

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A portion of Harbor Drive behind Amsoil Arena was closed due to flooding today.

The city has also closed the Lighthouse Parking Lot located at the end of Canal Park Drive by Grandma’s Saloon & Grill Canal Park. This area is also closed to foot traffic as waves continue to increase in size and is unsafe for pedestrians.

The predicted snowstorm remains on track to drop 12 or more inches of snow in Duluth, and create blizzard conditions because of high winds and blowing snow.

The city and National Weather Service continue to advise no unnecessary travel due to dangerous conditions that are expected to worsen throughout the afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service continues to predict the potential for a top-10 highest two-day snowfall total in recorded history for Duluth. Please stay safe shelter in place if you can.

CHUM’s drop-in center is open all night tonight for those that need a place to go to get out of the storm.

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Beginning at noon today, the City of Duluth in partnership with the National Weather Service is issuing a no travel advisory until further notice. Duluth is under a blizzard warning today through Sunday, with wind gusts expected to be over 40 miles per hour. Travel conditions will become dangerous, if not impossible.

The public is asked to shelter in place throughout the storm, if possible. Fewer drivers on the road prevents accidents, injuries, and allows public safety officers to respond to emergencies, in addition to keeping plows moving.

City staff will continue to monitor Canal Park and other areas for potential flooding and will close roadways if need be.

Plows will be out and focusing on keeping main arterials open to traffic as a first priority. Residential streets are the second priority and will move into these areas within 48 hours of snowfall.

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The latest National Weather Service forecast for the Duluth area:

Today
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before 10 a.m. High near 33. Windy, with an east wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Tonight
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 27. Windy, with an east wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday
Snow, mainly before noon. High near 28. Blustery, with a north wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 11.

Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.

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