Weather in the News

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…

Winter Weather Hiking At Amnicon Falls

Head Outside For A Hike, Regardless Of The Snow & Colder Temperatures!

SOUTH RANGE, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are headed outside for a hike, regardless of the snow and colder temperatures arriving! This only means State Parks become less crowded and beautiful! Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot on a hike through the park to see the beautiful falls! Don’t worry, being active in the chilly temperatures, will keep…

Raising Funds to Ski Hills

Chester Bowl Fundraiser at Clyde Iron Works

DULUTH, Minn.- With cold and snow beginning to move in, skiers and snowboarders are anxious to hit the hills at places like Chester Bowl in Duluth. But that sport, comes with a cost. Which is why hundreds packed Clyde Iron Works Thursday night, for the 11th Annual Skis, Suds and Slices fundraiser. Money raised will support scholarships for the ski…

Some Like it Rainy, Some Like it Snowy

Rain by Lake, Snow Inland

DULUTH, Minn.-The Twin Ports was pulled two different ways today. Shoppers at Miller Hill Mall were taken by surprise by the immense snowfall, while those by the lake were treated to an all too familiar sight: wind and rain. In Canal Park waves crashed ashore, reaching heights of 10–14 feet, drowning parts of the sidewalk underwater. Yet that didn’t stop…

Yarn Harbor Warms Up the City

Yarn Store Holds Charity Event

DULUTH, Minn.- For many of us, bundling up in the winter is second nature. But it’s a luxury not everyone can afford. The staff at Yarn Harbor hope to change that. After collecting donations over the past few months, today they “yarn bombed” different spots around Duluth. People could come in and pick up donated hats, mittens, and scarves to…

Lake Superior Strengthened by Recent Storms

Lake Levels Risen After Heavy Participation

DULUTH, Minn.-  Last month’s storms had a big impact on Lake Superior. Her water levels have increased dramatically, and the Gales of November could increase levels even more. According to Minnesota Sea Grant, the direct precipitation from those recent storms, coupled with global warming, have brought water levels up 12 in. higher than average for this time of year. As…

Northland Winter Weather Outlook 2018-2019

Wondering What This Northland Winter Has In Store? Check Out The Fox 21 Weather Teams Forecast

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is right around the corner.  Along with the parties, kids are getting ready for trick-or-treating.  But, Northlanders know that the weather can very well be more of a trick rather than a treat. Last year, just in time for Halloween weekend, more than ten inches of snow fell in Duluth.  While an inconvenience, that pales in…

Local Church Lends Helping Hand to Hurricane Victims

Jesus is Life Ministries Plans Trip to Hurricane Effected Areas

DULUTH, Minn- For the 5th year in a row, one Northland church is stepping up to provide disaster aid and relief. Jesus is Life World Ministries is now accepting donations of food, water, money, and other supplies. On November 8th they will go to the Carolinas and Panama City, Florida, to help victims of Hurricane Florence and Michael. “When I watched…

Give the Gift of Warmth at UWS

Cold Weather Clothing Drive Starts Today

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Northland is known for its rough winter, and now people can get some help bundling up, thanks to UWS. Starting today they are accepting donations of new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves and winter jackets from, and for, anyone on campus or the surrounding community. “Our primary goal is #1 to meet our students’ needs,” said Senior…

Duluth Declares Disaster Area

Federal Aid Being Sought for Lakewalk Damages

DULUTH, Minn.- The Saint Louis County Board has declared a “state of local disaster area” in Duluth after the October 10th storm. That declaration was made in order to help the city get needed funding for repairs along the lakewalk, along with numerous other spots along the shoreline. The total cost of damages sits at $18.4 million right now after an…

Blessing from a Bar for Hurricane Michael Victims

Carmody's Irish Pub Holds Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn.- With beer on every table and football on every TV, it looks like a typical Sunday at Carmody’s Irish Pub. But today is no ordinary Sunday, and these are no ordinary patrons. “It’s really nice that everybody paid attention to the invitation and came out to see us,” said Jonathan Lee. Newlywed Duluth natives Jonathan Lee and Jessica…

Get Lost In A Corn Maze!

Oulu Wisconsin Features A Corn Maze, Flashlight & Haunted Maze, Games, Barn Animals, Snacks & Prizes!

OULU, Wis. — In this week’s Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot gets us lost in a corn maze!  Just a short 40 minute ride from Duluth/Superior or 45 minutes from Ashland or Hayward. The field is tucked away in beautiful Bayfield county on Ken Johnson’s farm. When you get there, go right into the barn and get your ticket…

Storm Damages Boats, Sends One Into Duluth Harbor

DULUTH, Minn.- The raging water of Lake Superior knows no bounds. It doesn’t recognize that the dock is where boats are to be kept, safe and secure. The bobbing stern of a boat reads “Wild Water.” That boat lived up to its name, rocking back and forth violently with its peers at the pier by Lakehead Boat Basin. The dock fights…

First Measurable Snowfall Accumulates in Northern Minnesota!

1-3" of Heavy Wet Snow Fell Overnight & Early Morning

THE FIRST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON HAS ARRIVED! Snow amounts range from a trace to 3″ of heavy wet snow! It began falling around 8pm Thursday evening and came to an end on the Arrowhead at 10am Friday. It is the perfect snow to make snowmen, have a snowball fight and build forts! But the heaviness of the snow…

Hiking Cook County & Lutsen Mountain Peak Fall Colors

Active Adventures: Hiking Through Fall Colors

LUTSEN, Minn. — On the Lake Superior Hiking Trail fall colors are popping! For the next 3 weeks colors are at peak up the north shore and it’s a great time to visit Cook county and Lutsen Mountains. Whether you are hiking or biking the trails or taking a ride in the gondola up the mountains, there is a sight…

Canoe & Kayak Through Fall Colors on the Brule River!

Active Adventures: Brule River Canoe Rentals

BRULE, Wis. — Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot for a colorful ride down the Brule River! It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the changing leaves of Wisconsin. Take a calm beginner trip (where you won’t get splashed or wet). Or get your adrenaline pumping on novice or advanced rapids!  Wet suits are available for the chilly fall days…

Winter Flurries Make Hardware Stores Hurry to Stock Winter Supplies

Menard's and Marshall Hardware Gear Up

DULUTH, Minn.-As Lord Stark from Game of Thrones warned, “winter is coming” to the Northland. So snowplows, salt, and shovels are now headed to store shelves, waiting for their big debut. Regardless of how much snow actually falls this month, it’s still a sign that winter is on the horizon, a sign Northlanders know all too well. So they turn to…

Explore Autumn Adventures in Cook County

'Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour' to Start Friday, September 28

Cook County, Minn. – Fall colors are slowly starting to appear further to the North, and with that comes many autumn adventures to take part in. Linda Jurek with Visit Cook County stopped by FOX 21 Local News Monday morning to chat about the upcoming “Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour.” The event starts on Friday, September 28 and…

All Aboard the Fall Colors Train Starting this Friday

CNN Once Named the North Shore Fall Colors Train Tour "Top 5 out of the Top 10 in America"

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Friday, September 21, folks will be able to hop aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s Fall Color Tours. Executive Director of the North Shore Scenic Railroad, Ken Buehler, told FOX 21’s Brett Scott Tuesday morning that this opportunity gives riders the chance to view the Northland in a vibrant, colorful perspective. The Fall Color Tours will be…

Four Dead, One Rescued Near Apostle Islands

The Incident Was Reported on Thursday, August 30 to the Ashland County Sheriff's Office

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisc. – Tragedy has struck the Apostle Islands. Three children, ages three, six, and nine and their father are dead after their kayak capsized on Thursday. Officials tell us a family of five went kayaking Thursday afternoon but the winds started to pick up to Around 15 to 20 mph, causing the kayak to capsize. The mother was…

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Sailing The Regatta

Active Adventures: Sail Boat Racing On Lake Superior With The Duluth Yacht Club & Meteorologist Brittney Merlot

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Sailboat racing on Lake Superior! The Duluth Yacht Club talked with Brittney Merlot about the options you have to get out sailing or participating in the Regatta on Lake Superior. Cast sail and let the wind take you away! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Weather in the News, Wisconsin Tags: Cast Sail,…

Douglas County Officials and FEMA Meet and Discuss

Federal Assistance Application Has New Elements

Superior, WI- Massive flooding devastated parts of Northwestern Wisconsin back in June. As recovery from that damage continues, FEMA and Wisconsin Emergency Management experts met at the Douglas County Government Center to discuss applications for federal assistance. The storms caused an estimated $3.8 million in damage in Douglas County alone. While many repairs have been completed by area townships, many…

“Tornado Hunters” Storm Chaser Coming To Town!

Chris Chittick Brings Flash 2 Storm Chase Vehicle & Autograph Signing To Virginia, MN.

VIRGINIA, Minn. –Are you familiar with the Netflix show “Tornado Hunters”? If so, you’ll recognize this storm chaser that’s headed to the Northland tomorrow! Is he coming here to chase storms you ask? NOPE! He is arriving to the Iron Range tomorrow to celebrate the Tractor Store’s 80th anniversary and meet you! Bring the family out and stop by Thursday…

Try Canyoneering Up Rivers & Waterfalls!

Active Adventures: Canyoneering On The North Shore With Meteorologist Brittney Merlot

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Canyoneering Through The North Shore Rivers Of Minnesota! Most of us see the beautiful rivers of the north shore from the trails but have you ever wanted to climb into the river and hike upstream? In this week’s active adventures Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us upstream, climbing waterfalls through beautiful canyons! Get tips on how to maneuver through…

Active Adventures: Fat Tire Biking

Off Road On A Fat Tire Bike With Meteorologist Brittney Merlot

DULUTH, Minn – No matter the weather or the time of year, the fat bike is the ATV of the cycling world: sand dunes, mud pits, snowtrails—fat bikes can go anywhere! For this week’s active adventures Brittney Merlot takes us to the rocky trails, beaches, grass, gravel and even into the water on a fat tire bike! Ski Hut tells…

I-35 Flooding, Rock-Filled Storm Sewer Under Review For Long-Term Fix

The I-35 Off-Ramp Of Lake Avenue Is The Center Of Flooding Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior’s force and lack of access inside some storm sewers are causing a nightmare for engineers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Duluth. A normal roadway may be all that you see driving along Interstate-35 to the off ramp of Lake Avenue on a sunny day, but even the slightest amount of rain…

FEMA Asseses Flood Damage

Need For Public Assistance Being Determined

Duluth, Minn.-While the flash flood waters ravaged many Northland communities last month, communities still dealing with the effects of the flash flood of 2012, FEMA is reporting Carlton county to be recovering well. A state of emergency was quickly declared in June, but since then many roads and bridges that were once just chunks floating in water are now restored….

Active Adventures: Minnesota Whitewater Rafting

Adrenaline Rush On The St. Louis River Whitewater Rafting With Meteorologist Brittney Merlot

SCANLON, Minn. — With the recent heavy rainfall across the Northland, the river levels are high and the water is rushing! This makes for a perfect wild whitewater rafting experience! Join Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for this week’s Active Adventures at Minnesota Whitewater Rafting in Scanlon, as she takes us head first into the rapids! LOCATION: 3214 River Gate Ave, Cloquet, MN 55720…

With Frequent Flooding, Fact Check Your Insurance Policy this Summer

Duluth Agent Pat Shelton with Farmer's Insurance Agency Offers Advice to Remember When it Comes to Your Home Policy

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer brings storms and storms bring roof and siding damage and even flooding basements. Duluth insurance agent Pat Shelton says it’s important to be covered correctly so when disaster hits, your agency is there to pick up the pieces. Shelton says his agency is equipped with “Farmer’s Friendly Reviews” on renewals to make sure everyone knows what their policy covers…

Heavy Rains and Flooding Causes the North Shore Scenic Railroad to Washout, Trains Are Not Affected

Storms Triggered Flash Flood Warnings Sunday Night In Knife River

KNIFE RIVER, Minn.– Strong storms dampened the Northland Sunday evening as heavy rain poured down on the North Shore. Flash flood warnings were issued as 3.6″ of rain accumulated quickly as storms trained over the same area, over and over again. Rivers rose and culverts filled, with some giving way. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot found the North Shore Scenic Railway was…

Bemidji Cleaning Up Damage From 4th of July EF-1 Tornado

100mph Winds Tore Through Early Morning

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – The northern Minnesota city of Bemidji is cleaning up the damage from a Fourth of July tornado. The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado touched down just west of Bemidji State University just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. It packed winds of 100 mph and caused significant damage to buildings and trees along a path seven-tenths…

Bad Weather Could Postpone Duluth’s Fourth Fest, Fireworks Until July 5

Decision Will Be Made Before Noon on July 4

DULUTH, Minn. – All eyes are on the stormy forecast as crews get ready for Fourth Fest at Bayfront Park. Festivities kick off Tuesday evening with 80s rock and roll tribute band Hairball.  Weather is not expected to damper this concert, as the performers say they will play rain or shine. But showers and thunderstorms forecast for July 4th have DECC…