Weather in the News

2022-2023 Duluth Winter Officially Snowiest on Record

DULUTH, Minn. — At 5 A.M. this morning, the National Weather Service measured 2.0″ of snow, bringing our total snowfall for this winter to 137.1″. This breaks the previous record of 135.4″ set during the winter of 1995-96. This all started back on October 14 when we received the first snowfall of the season, getting 2.0″.  December brought 44.9″ of…

Mini Aussie Protects Younger Sister From Coyote In Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A doorbell camera in Superior picked up a pretty scary — but proud — moment for some dog parents. Coop Two Mini Aussies recently were approached by a coyote in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood. Roxie Owner Dennis Johnson told FOX 21 that Coop, the 1.5-year-old male, sprang into action to protect his 10-month-old sister, Roxie. Coop did…

Closings, Delays, E-Learning: April 17, 2023

The following schools are closed, delayed or holding classes virtually for Monday, April 17, 2023: Ashland Schools: Closed Bayfield School District: Closed Bessemer Area School District: Closed Floodwood School District: Closed Solon Springs School District: Closed / Remote Leaning South Shore Schools: Closed / Remote Learning Washburn Schools: Closed / Remote Learning   Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News,…

Wildfire Season Begins In Wisconsin, National Guard Deployed

Wildfire season has begun in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin National Guard Black Hawks have been deployed to multiple large wildfires in the southern part of the state. Juneau and Monroe counties are being affected. The Jake Pine Fire is affecting more than 80 acres, as of Thursday. Residents have been evacuated there. The fire is contained. The second fire is near…

Maple Syrup Tapping Underway At Longtime Brule River Farm

BRULE, Wis. – The state known for its cheese is moving full swing with another popular food product–maple syrup. FOX 21 photojournalist Nathaniel LeCapitaine takes us to the Brule River Farm where maple tapping is underway as long as temperatures cooperate.     Categories: Business, Community, Environment, News, News – Latest News, Weather in the News, Wisconsin

New Video, Pictures Inside Miller Hill Mall Roof Collapse

The mall remained closed Thursday for the third day since the collapse

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday marked Day 3 of clean-up and repair efforts after a major roof collapse at the Miller Hill Mall. Crews were again on scene Thursday working to remove a lot of snow off that roof. FOX 21 observed snow removal beyond the area of the collapse near the Applebee’s entrance. A crane was also removing snow above…

Snow-Heavy Roof Concerns Evacuate Michaels Store, County Building In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — More snow, more problems Thursday with at least two more structures in Duluth dealing with roofing issues just days after the Miller Hill Mall’s roof collapsed. Michaels, and arts and craft store, is the latest Duluth business to temporarily close because of roof damage from heavy wet snow. St. Louis County Public Works maintenance facility Construction crews…

The Science, Changing Weather Challenges Behind Duluth’s Snow Plowing Operations

DULUTH, Minn. — Winter isn’t giving up just yet with impressive snow totals over the weekend. And for Duluth plow crews, that’s meant 16-hour shifts since Saturday working through thousands of intersections, and thousands of miles of roadways.  All of this, as a potential second storm in a week is eying the Northland in just days. It’s no secret, frustrations…

Amateur Weather Observers Help Communities in Measurable Ways

DULUTH, Minn — In 1997, Fort Collins, Colorado saw 14.5 inches of rain in a span of 31 hours leading to flash flooding and several deaths.  A year later, Colorado State University started the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS.  It was created to hopefully prevent another similar tragedy. In the decades since, CoCoRaHS has grown into…

The National Weather Service is Recruiting Rain, Hail, and Snow Observers

DULUTH, Minn — If you have ever been interested in observing and reporting on the weather here in the Northland, the National Weather Service is recruiting volunteers to help measure rain, hail, and snow. There is a network made up of thousands of individuals across the country who are trained to take weather measurements at their homes and report them….

City Of Duluth Issues Storm Update On Snow Plow Operations

DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth issued a storm update Wednesday afternoon about its snow plow operations..  See the full release below. City of Duluth plow operators have been out all day keeping main roads clear for access to hospitals, schools, for emergency vehicles, buses, etc. Due to the storm system shifting, lingering longer than forecasted, and an increased…

UPDATE: Winter Storm Shuts Down Ashland Roadway For 9 Hours

Highway 2/13 was declared "impassable."

UPDATE (Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m.) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the stretch of US 2/Wisconsin 13 is open. The roadway had been closed for about 9 hours Thursday. It opened back up at 4:05 p.m. ORIGINAL POST: Howling winds and driven snow are blowing through Ashland, and at least one roadway has said, “Okay, Enough Already!” The Wisconsin…

Snow Slows, But Doesn’t Shut Down, Northwest Wisconsin

Northwestern, Wisc. —  The snow came, just not as much as we thought there would be…none-the-less…people stayed hunkered down in their homes. With schools closed, business and government offices shut down, there was not too much vehicular traffic in Superior and these was even less pedestrian traffic. While the city didn’t have as many issues with the wind, it was…

City Of Duluth Releases Winter Storm Information, Closings, Delays

DULUTH, Minn. — The City of Duluth’s communications office released the following information about the winter storm: Due to the impending winter storm, the City of Duluth is providing some updates to City facility availability and programming on City properties tomorrow: As of 5:00 PM Wednesday, City Hall will remain open tomorrow. Some departments may have limited in-person staffing tomorrow,…

Brutal Wind Chills Mean Brutal Firefighting Conditions

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With wind chill temperatures at 30, 40 or 50 below zero, it’s probably safe to say nobody likes that type of weather, especially firefighters. The dangerous conditions happened just two days ago for Superior firefighters who were fighting brutally cold air during the Wasabi restaurant fire on Tower Avenue. Battalion Chief Steve Miner described what it’s like…

Say What? A January Day Of Rain, Puddles In The Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. – What a weird day for the Twin Ports, right?  Rain and giant puddles were all over the place. Vehicles on London Road in Duluth were making a splish-splash that looked more like a spring melting event. Makes you wonder if we’re going to pay for this warmer air in February with a deep freeze, or if all…

A Change in the Weather Pattern Will Improve the Air Quality Across Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn — On Monday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an Air Quality Alert due to fine particulate pollution getting trapped near the surface. This pollution comes from everyday things such as vehicle exhaust, smokestacks, and chimneys. The pollution gets trapped near the surface due to light winds, poor atmospheric mixing, and moisture from melting snow. When this happens,…

Icicle and Ice Dam Problems

DULUTH, Minn. — During the holidays, people see icicles on a roof and often thin “that looks pretty.”  However the reason the icicles have formed may mean there’s a problem with your home.  “Some houses can have icicles, said Austin Miller of Miller’s Roofing and Siding, “but when you see the thickness of ice at the edge of the roof…

Recent Storms Leave Snowmobile Trails in Poor Condition

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. — The heavy snow and strong winds brought on by December’s winter storms caused downed trees, several power outages, and horrid driving conditions. Another group dealing with Mother Nature’s wrath is snowmobilers, where one club in Douglas County has already spent hundreds of hours cleaning up the trails after the recent storms. “In the last 10 years…

City Of Duluth ‘Prepared To Respond’ To Upcoming Storm, May Request Amsoil Arena As Warming Center

DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth issued a news release around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday outlining how they are prepared for the upcoming storm. Phil Jents, the city’s communications and policy officer, said the city is particularly concerned about the extreme cold combined with the potential for wide-spread power outages from high winds. Jents said the city could be forced…

Minnesota Power, SWL&P ‘Ready To Respond’ To Second Multi-Day Storm In One Week

DULUTH, Minn. – With another major winter storm on the way Wednesday, crews with Minnesota Power and Superior Water Light and Power are once again on standby for whatever the multi-day storm will bring. A Wednesday arrival means crews will be back at it just three days since they wrapped up four days of power restoration for nearly 20,000 customers….

St. Louis County Plow Drivers Among Teamsters To Authorize Intent To Strike

  DULUTH, Minn. — Teamsters Local 320, which represents plow drivers and other public works employees with St. Louis County, voted Monday night to authorize an intent to strike. Union President Erik Skoog told FOX 21 the vote was 99 percent in favor for the potential strike. Skoog said the only change in the offer over the weekend by email…

FedEx Addresses ‘Weather-Related’ Service Delays In Duluth Area

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) DULUTH, Minn. — FedEx is addressing delays within the Twin Ports by attributing the issue with the recent snow storms. The following statement was sent to FOX 21 Monday evening: “We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers as we work to address temporary weather-related service delays in the Duluth area. The safety of all…

City Of Duluth Posts Plowing Update On Social Media Amid Complaints From Residents

Council President Arik Forsman asked for feedback from his followers on Facebook Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow removal continued for the city of Duluth Friday, four days after the two-part storm hit. There have been complaints about missed streets, delayed plowing and high snowbanks. A spokesperson for the city told FOX 21 Friday that no one was available for an on-camera interview to talk about the city’s clean-up efforts. But the city did…

Minnesota Power Calls In Outside Resources; Power Outages To Last Through Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. –  Minnesota Power held a press conference Friday afternoon to update the media and public on its continued efforts to restore power to thousands of customers on the 4th day since the two-part winter storm moved into the Northland. As of 7:30 p.m. Friday, Minnesota Power reported under 3,000 customers still in the dark, which was down from…

Power Outages Come With Winter Storm

Thousands Without Power After Storm's First Wave

The high winds and wet, heavy snow are a bad one-two punch for powerlines and people.  Some customers throughout the Northland are without power, and others are wincing every time their lights dim. As of 5:30 pm Wednesday, Minnesota Power reports that 4,007 customers in the Northland are without power.  Lake Country Power is also reporting outages, with 805 customers…

Duluth’s Marshall Hardware Busy Before Approaching Blizzard

DULUTH, Minn. — As you might imagine, hardware stores were busy during the day Tuesday before the blizzard arrived. Marshall Hardware in Lakeside was one of those places. Owner Steve Marshall said his team was ready for the increase in business, with inventory at solid levels. “You just have to stay on it — order, order, order. But we’ve been…

Broken Ice Chunk Traps 200 Anglers On Northern Minn. Lake; All Rescued

(FOX 21) –  An estimated 200 anglers became stuck on a broken chunk of ice Monday, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Courtesy: Kelliher Fire & Rescue, Beltrami Sheriff’s Office The incident was reported around 11:30 a.m. on Upper Red Lake. The sheriff’s office originally reported about 100 people stranded, but officials updated that number to 200 after all…

MnDOT Forces Homeless Encampment Along Railroad Street To Leave

DULUTH, Minn. – A homeless encampment of about a half-dozen people along Railroad Street in Duluth was forced to pack up and leave Tuesday at the direction of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The latest development comes exactly two weeks after MnDOT sent crews to the site under 5th Avenue West and I-35 across from Playfront Park to clean up…

Wisconsin Tree Service Company Responds to Hurricane Ian

WISCONSIN / FLORIDA — Crews with a Wisconsin tree service company are heading South to aid with Hurricane Ian cleanup efforts. Trees have been batted down from Hurricane Ian, landing on cars, homes, and power lines. While work has begun to clear the trees out, there are just not enough hands on deck. That’s why Zielies Tree Service Company is…

The Northern Lights: One of Mother Nature’s Greatest Spectacles

DULUTH, MN – Throughout the year, we are treated here in the Northland with one of Mother Nature’s greatest visual displays, the northern lights, or, aurora borealis.  Typically, one would have to take a drive up the North Shore from Duluth hoping that it is worth the drive.  This weekend we were spared the travel time and the northern lights…

Cloquet, Duluth Receive Grants to Plan Infrastructure Changes For Climate Change

CLOQUET, Minn. – How well can communities handle more intense rainfalls in the Northland? That is what Cloquet, Duluth and 10 others in Minnesota are going to do thanks to grants from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that will fund planning for future infrastructure projects. Each grant will help communities plan for a different climate that today; one that is expected…

Sen. Klobuchar, Lawmakers Working to Get Federal Disaster Relief to Flooded International Falls Area

Sen. Klobuchar said her and fellow Senator Tina Smith will make the case to President Biden to declare it a federal disaster area.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said she’s working with Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) to get federal aid dollars to help the home and business owners struggling to stay afloat in the flood-submerged International Falls Area. The Senators joined Gov. Tim Walz in touring the area Saturday, seeing firsthand the damages to homes and businesses, and the thousands…

Gov. Walz, Senators Tour International Falls Flood Damage Saturday

The lawmakers toured the Emergency Operations Center, sandbagging sites, and various areas of flood damage.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.- On Saturday Governor Tim Walz and U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith got a first-hand look at the damage historic flooding has caused in International Falls. The lawmakers toured the Emergency Operations Center, sandbagging sites, and various areas of flood damage. Back in April the governor authorized the national guard to support emergency flood operations in…

Volunteers Rush To Save Items, Structures as Rainy Lake Waters Flood Mallard Island

Photo: Michael Reid, Mallard Island Board Treasurer. KOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn.- The historic flooding of the Rainy River Basin near International Falls is soaking and filling buildings on Mallard Island, one of the 5 review islands used for wildlife research, education, and advocacy in Rainy Lake. According to posts on the Mallard Island Facebook Page, volunteers have been working the past…

Severe Storms, Tornadoes Rip Through Western Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Thousands of people in Minnesota and South Dakota are without electrical power as the region recovered from storms and tornadoes that left damaged buildings, trees and roadways. The National Weather Service says in a preliminary report there were four tornadoes on Monday in western Minnesota, along with wind gusts and large hail. More than 37,000 people were…