Weather in the News

Snowball Gala Celebrates Skiing

Raising money for Grand Avenue Nordic Center

DULUTH, Minn.- The 3rd Annual Snowball Gala celebrated everything happening at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, and Duluth Cross Country Ski Club. A silent auction, live auction, and more raised money for trail-building at the Nordic Center. Saturday night’s event focused on young skiers in the Northland. “This is all about kids,” said Sarah Grenberg, Event Chair. “We’re building these…

Tips and Tricks for Winter Biking

Zeitgeist Hosts Bikes and Bites Tour for Winter Biking Week

DULUTH, Minn.- Those not bothered by the cold and snow who want to get outside this winter, might want to take their bikes out for a spin. Dozens of bikers rode in to Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth today, the snow, slush and cold not stopping them. They shared with us some tips and tricks to navigating these conditions…

Book Across The Bay!

Ski, Snowshoe, Hike or Run From Ashland to Washburn Across The Frozen Chequamegon Bay!

CHEQUAMEGON BAY, Wisc. — The 23rd Annual Book Across the Bay takes place Saturday February 16th, 2019! Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and…

Escape Rooms Take Over The Bong Historical Center For A Good Cause

This Weekend Only! You Can "Escape The Bong" With 3 Different Themed Room Options.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott get locked into a mobile escape room with 1 hour to get out! Watch the video above to see if they got out in time! Northland, you get the chance to try out the 3 new escape rooms that are only here for this weekend only! Grab…

Great Outdoors: Ice Fishing on Lake Superior

Anglers Get Out on Ice in Tough Weather Conditions

DULUTH, Minn.- As Lake Superior hardens with ice, you can bet Anglers are there to drill their holes and drop their lines. But these brave Northlanders have to get their timing just right, because in a day all that ice could be gone. The wind howls, cutting through ice houses like a knife. Suddenly, the wind’s song is interrupted by…

Before Winter Storm, Cold Front Festival Moves In

Three Day Event Comes to a Close

DULTUTH, Minn.- Only in the Northland would there be an event named, and celebrating a cold front. The Second Annual Cold Front Festival brought in folks young and old, enjoying the frosty festivities before winter wakes up again. “Honestly I think the nice weather, being outside, y’know, it’s a good time to get everyone together, and it’s great fun,” said Marcy…

Laskiainen Slides Into 82nd Year

Finnish Sliding Festival Continues in Northland

DULUTH, Minn.-This weekend’s warmer weather was perfect to get outside, and folks in Palo celebrated the great Northland landscape the same way they have for the last 82 years. Laskiainen, or the Finnish Sliding Festival, slid into its 82nd year. What started as a Finnish winter tradition is now a tradition perfectly fitting the Northland. People from as far as…

Ice Cream and Coffee: How the Northland Copes with the Cold

Two Local Businesses Remain Open with Customers to Show for It

DULUTH, Minn.- The extreme cold doesn’t keep the Northland from getting out to enjoy the finer things in life. Because if you think temps that feel like -40 keep people here inside, you don’t know Minnesota. “The weather doesn’t bother me at all.” Armon Freeman, a Junior at Denfeld High School, walks into Bridgeman’s in Duluth with his cousins, wearing only…

Brutal Cold Weather Strikes Northland

Fun Cold Weather Tricks To Try In Rare Frigid Temperatures

BRUTAL HISTORIC COLD ARRIVES IN THE NORTHLAND WIND CHILL WARNING: Dangerous cold air temperatures paired with high winds will create life threatening wind chills throughout the day today and into Thursday morning. -40° to -60° feel like temperatures will be felt, which can cause frost bite in 5 minutes. It is crucial that you limit your time outdoors, cover all…

Veterinarians On Hand During Beargrease Marathon

Veterinarians keep eyes on the sled dogs during marathon checkpoints.

DULUTH, Minn.- For those wondering about the safety of the sled dogs during the 35th annual Beargrease marathon, a veterinarian staff is on hand through the entirety of the race. A team of 20 vets are assigned to different checkpoints mushers are required to stop at during the marathon. At each stop, dogs are checked for injuries, hydration levels, exhaustion and…

Beargrease Racers Sworn in as Official U.S. Postal Carriers

Baargrease continues the tradition of 'Trail Mail' for the annual marathon.

DULUTH, Minn.- In the spirit of tradition all racers in the 35th annual Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon were sworn in as official U.S. mail carriers before taking off. Just like John Beargrease did over 100 years ago, mushers carry ‘trail mail,’ as it’s called, through the course to drop off at the post office at the end of the trail. Postal…

MUSH! 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Begins

Mushers and Dogs Race Through Bitter Cold

DULUTH, Minn.- Through rain, sleet, snow or hail, negative temperatures and the depths of the night, these mushers do it for the love of the sport, and the love of the Northland. Barking and howling ring through the air, as the dogs stare down the 300-mile ribbon of white ahead of them. “3…2…1… And there she goes!” And then, they’re off!…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Powers On Through Bitter Cold

Subzero Temps Don't Keep Out Northlanders

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The weather outside may be frightful, but the Lake Superior Ice Festival makes it so delightful. The cold weather didn’t stop crowds from flocking to Barker’s Island to enjoy all the frozen wonder. They were even joined by some magical Disney characters. Possibly the most popular part of the festival, the ice sculptures have been wowing visitors since…

Beargrease Marathon Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony

Mushers and Fans Eat and Share Memories

DULUTH, Minn.- The cold and snow is good news for one crowd: the mushers and dogs in the 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, running from Sunday at noon, to Tuesday 1/29 in the afternoon. As they prepare for their long treks, they celebrated with an opening ceremony at Lake Superior College. A huge crowd came out in support of…

Tips To Keep Your Home Safe In Extreme Cold

Furnace Failure & Bursting Pipes Becomes An Issue In Extended Cold Snap

TWIN PORTS — The cold effects not only how we feel but also how we live. Here are some tips to keep you and your home safe and warm. “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!” said Service Tech Gartner Refrigeration Company Dave Duffy. “Have it checked on a regular basis to try and catch a potential problem…

Brand New State-Of-The-Art HD Sports Simulators Arrive In The Northland!

The Caddy Shack Offers Unique Experiences To Drink & Play

WEST DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures the cold has kept us looking for indoor fun and The Caddy Shack has brand new state of the art indoor sports simulators! Private rooms offer Golf Simulators of course but now they also offer a Soccer Simulator, Hockey Simulator and a Laser Shot HD Simulator that has… Six different handguns…

Great Outdoors: Breathe Warmer With Lungplus

The Arctic Cold Blast Returns, Here's Some Useful Ways To Stay Warmer

DULUTH, Minn. — As the brutal cold temperatures return with a vengeance, ways to stay warm are important and crucial. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to the LUNG PLUS. “It’s a mouth worn, re-heater and humidifier.” explains the distributor of Lungplus, Eve Graves. It’s held by small flaps that you place in front of your teeth.  As you breathe…

The Lake Superior Ice Festival Cometh

Snow Slide is Up as City Gears Up

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year the Lake Superior Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better, showing that cold and snow doesn’t keep Northlanders inside, but brings them outside in a big way. A fan favorite at the free festival, the big snow slide is already up, towering over Barker’s Island Marina. Attendees this year have some new attractions to look…

Skiing, Skating and Snowshoeing by Candlelight

13th Annual Event Held in Cold Temps

DULUTH, Minn.- In true Northland fashion, families bundled up and took to the ice-cold outside at Hartley Nature Center. The Center hosted their 13th Annual Candlelight Ski, Skate and Snowshoe event. Families could enjoy fat biking and snowshoe hiking on a trail adorned with lights, skate on Hartley Pond, or share some hot chocolate at the yurt. Organizers say, when…

As Warming Center Opens, Concerns Arise

Homeless Persons Bill of Rights Coalition Writes Letter to City

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thursday night marked not only the beginning of extreme cold, but the opening of a new warming center in Duluth. Five people occupied warming center on the 5800 Block of Grand Avenue in West Duluth on Thursday. While the city and the Homeless Persons Bill of Rights coalition, or HPBR, both consider that a victory, HPBR wants to…

“Super Wolf Blood Moon” This Weekend!

Viewing Times For The Northland (Weather & Cloud Cover Permitting)

Get your telescopes ready Northland! Sky-watchers will have a front-row seat to a rare cosmic event, as three lunar phenomena come together and give rise to a ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ on Sunday night! So what is all of that? Let me break it down for you… Super Moon: Is when the moon is closest to Earth and appears much…

Lungplus Helps You Breathe Warm During Arctic Blasts

Active Adventures: Ways To Stay Active Outside During Cold Snaps

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we introduce you to Lungplus! Lungplus is a device you place in your mouth and it aids in warming your entire body, so that you can still go outside in the below zero temperatures! It also helps you breathe easier. It also helps you with colds, throat pain, dry cough and will…

Letter Carriers Deliver Mail in the Bitter Cold

Carriers say the key to stay warm is dressing in layers

DULUTH, Minn. – All over the Northland people are working outside in the bitter cold. Letter carriers have to be prepared for all weather conditions, but one USPS employee says extreme cold is her least favorite. She tells us they key to staying warm is being prepared and wearing plenty of layers. “I have three pairs of pants on, I…

Northlanders Skate Before Temps Drop

Subzero Temps Mean Outdoor Rinks Close

DULUTH, Minn.- Lately the weather’s been great to get out on the ice. No, not the frozen parking lots and sidewalks. Ice skating rinks. But many outdoor rinks in the Northland close once the windchill drops to about –20 degrees. Even though outdoor rinks may close, in Duluth, Essentia Health provides open skating at their Heritage Sports Center every Wednesday….

Kick Sled Rentals At Hartley Nature Center

Active Adventures: Local Winter Rentals From Snowshoes, Skiis & Kick Sleds

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Brittney Merlot takes us to Hartley Nature Center where you can rent a bunch of different winter equipment. This varies from traditional and metal snowshoes, cross country skiis and kick sleds! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Entertainment, Features, News, News – Latest News, Weather in the News Tags: Hartley Nature Center, merlot weather,…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Warming Up the Homeless

Ruth House Opens as Warming Center

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As the frigid air of night sets in, the question of where to sleep enters the minds of the homeless in Duluth and Superior. Places like CHUM or Solid Rock often fill up quickly, leaving them with almost no options. Until now. The Ruth House in Superior is offering warmth, and care, to anyone who needs it during Northland…

Enjoy The Outdoors & Try New Winter Activities At Bluefin Bay On Lake Superior

Active Adventures: Skiing, Snowshoeing, Yaktrack Rentals and More To Get You Outdoors!

TOFTE, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we take you to Bluefin Bay Resorts on Lake Superior! They offer free rentals of skis, snowshoes, yaktraks and more with your stay at the resort! Temperance River State Park is 2 miles away and it’s a great option to get out and test out a new outdoor activity without having to…

The First Meteor Shower of the Year Peaks Tonight

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower Will Be Visible By The Northland Overnight

DULUTH, Minn. — The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tonight, one of the best annual shows in the night sky, according to NASA. A moonless night should help our chances to see it between midnight and dawn, but location is also a factor with this one-night-only meteor shower peak. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the surrounding areas, will…

Lake Temperature Data Unavailable Due To Government Shutdown

The Partial Government Shutdown Is Affecting The Northland Directly, Especially Meteorologists

DULUTH, Minn. — With the partial Government Shutdown still underway the affects are being felt here in the Northland, even by local Meteorologists as they forecast this winter weather. First things first says Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot, “As a Meteorologist an important reading we need this time of year is the water temperature. It helps us determine lake effect…

MnDOT Says Prepare for Dangerous Roads

Extreme Cold Will Freeze, Making Driving Treacherous for New Years Eve

DULUTH, Minn.- On top of not driving under the influence, the freezing temperatures on the way spell double trouble for drivers late tonight. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has had their hands full with the new snow already, and officials said the extreme cold will make their job even harder. “The chemicals don’t work as well when it’s this cold, so…

Build A Community Of Snowmen!

Northland Gets Hit With More Snow, So Build A Snowman!

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are grabbing a handful of snow and rolling it into a community of snowmen across the Northland, one snowball at a time! Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot for her tips and tricks on how to quickly create the perfect snowman or snowoman! Send her your pictures after you’ve built yours, she…

Dangerous Snow Covered & Icy Roads: After Heavy Snowfall & Flash Freeze Overnight

Lake Effect Continues To Pile Up & Cold Air Surges In

DULUTH, Minn. — Overnight the Northland experienced a heavy dumping of wet snow as our temperatures dropped below freezing. All of the slush and water on the roads froze and became solid ice. Driving this morning was a headache to say the least and plows have been clearing the streets around Duluth, but travel is not advised on HWY 2…

Duluth Library’s Winter Job: Part Time Movie Theater

Movies in the Library Caters to Kids Home on Break

DULUTH, Minn.- Not all families can make it to the slopes for skiing. Parents with jobs, or lack of ski-lodge money can make it difficult to entertain kids on Winter Break, so the Duluth Public Library has got a free solution. Movies at the Library allows kids of all ages to come and watch a family friendly movie with other…

When Snow Falls and Piles, the Northland Skis and Snowboards

Spirit Mountain Hectic with Skiers and Snowboarders on Break

DULUTH, Minn.-The flakes are falling, which means winter has officially arrived in the Northland, and no one is happier about it than the skiers and snowboarders of Spirit Mountain. Hundreds flocked to the popular winter destination on Thursday. Left and right, the “crunch” of boots trudging through snow, and the “choom” of snowboards wedging into the snow create a winter…

Balsam Bough Harvesting: Make Your Own Wreath!

Active Adventures: Harvesting Boughs And Assembling A Holiday Wreath

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us deep into the woods to collect balsam boughs! Then we head inside to learn how to assemble your own wreath! A permit is required for collecting balsam boughs and can picked up at the district DNR offices for $25. Minnesota is a leader in…

Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree!

Active Adventures: Hike Into The Superior National Forest For A Family Tradiation!

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are headed into the thick of the woods, to cut down our own Christmas Tree! First things first, MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR PERMIT! On average, 200-300 permits are sold annually! It’s only $5, cash or check only. It can be quickly picked up at the Superior National Forest…

Unseasonable Warmth Brings Duluth Outside

High Temps Mean Comfortable Outdoor Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite how the song goes, it’s beginning to look anything but like a White Christmas. Unseasonably warm weather is gripping the Northland, with temperatures reaching nearly 50  degrees today. Quite a few spots around Duluth were bustling with folks living it up in the hot winter sun. If you took a look at the thermometer in your car,…

Little Snow Doesn’t Bury Plow Sales

Unlike Clothing and Hardware, Snow Plow Sales Increase

DULUTH, Minn.- With temperatures on the rise, and snow missing from the picturesque “Northland Winter” scene, some businesses are noticing a decline in sales of hardware and winter clothing. But the plows are still flying off the shelves. Snow plow retailers have been soaking up the sun. At Bears Heavy Duty Parts and Accessories, they’ve seen sales double since last…

Nordic Trail Conditions Not Ideal But Skiers Still Out

Skiers say about three or four more inches of snow are needed for ideal conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – Nordic ski trail conditions are not what many skiers hoped for. The Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth has about 95% snow coverage on their trails but they’d like to be 100%. The manager there tells us hard-core skiers are out but more snow is needed for the season to really take off. “Ideally I’d like to get…

How Many Steps Does It Take? Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Takes Us Through Bentleyville For A Beautiful & Bright Active Adventures

DULUTH, Minn. — Looking for ways to get those extra steps in during the holiday season? Take a walk through Bentleyville! In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us through the tour of lights – joined by Mayor Bentleyville’s daughter, underneath the 128-foot tree! We chat about what it takes to put on the big light show,…

Winter Village Packed Away for Next Year

Annual Two-Day Event Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.-Winter Village at Glensheen Mansion was another hit, attracting roughly 20,000 people over the two-day event. The annual event gives small businesses a chance to show off their holiday goods to the masses. On Sunday crews were busy taking down lights, leaving their wooden cabins, and packing up. “It’s encouraging to see the businesses participate and the visitors come…

Snocross Crosses Finish Line

AMSOIL Snocross Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.- Another year in the books for the AMSOIL Snocross National at Spirit Mountain. The three-day competition wrapped up on Sunday. Despite the track getting heavily rained on on Friday, the President of the AMSOIL Snocross said the crowds remained strong, cheering on their favorite racers. “For the weather, the rain on Friday, attendance was great all 3 days,”…

Rain Didn’t Soak the Snocross

Friday's Rain Didn't Impact Snow Sport Competition

DULUTH, Minn.-  Our little bout with rain Friday night did not put a dent in the AMSOIL Snocross competition at Spirit Mountain. They’re still going hard as their 27th year continues. Organizers say, a little rain doesn’t stop the cheers at this massive snow sport event. “Y’know, it’s wet and sugary bu at the same time every racer has to race…

BRAPP! BRAPP! Snocross Rips Through Duluth This Weekend

Active Adventures: Brittney Merlot Chats With The Pro's As They Practice For Snocross Opening Weekend & Takes The Sled Out For A Spin!

AURORA, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Brittney Merlot takes us to a small Minnesota town to a practice track made for Snocross Pro’s! We caught up with Corin Todd to chat about this weekends Amsoil Championship Snocross Opener and he even let Brittney take the sled out for a spin. Check it out! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Entertainment,…

As Temps Drop, CHUM Proposes Warming Centers

CHUM Asks Council to Consider Proposal As Their Space Decreases

DULUTH, Minn.- As the extreme cold starts setting in, finding a warm, safe place to sleep becomes a serious, and even deadly challenge for Duluth’s homeless community. According to CHUM, more warm shelter options are needed in the city of Duluth, especially during a deep freeze. Last winter, 42 nights dropped below zero. In those conditions, it can take only…

Skip the Gym & Hit the ICE!

Active Adventures: Adult Open Skate Ice Skating At Heritage Sports Center Provides A Great Workout

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are ice skating with Meteorologist Brittney Merlot at Duluth’s Heritage Sports Center! It’s a great indoor workout, affordable and for adults only! Check out all the fun Fox 21 had out on the ice in the video above. LOCATION: Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center COST: $4.00 per adult or a…