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Demi Crossman of Duluth, Minn., scrapes a foot of snow off her car so she can get to her business classes Tuesday at the University of Minnesota Duluth. (Bob King / Forum News Service)

Storm dumps about 2 feet in Minnesota

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As much as 22 inches of snow had fallen along the North Shore of Lake Superior by Tuesday afternoon with more snow on the way across the Upper Midwest.

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“We will see heavy snow redevelop after midnight and into Wednesday,” Carol Christenson of the National Weather Service in Duluth said Tuesday.

While little snow fell Tuesday, the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota was under a winter storm warning, with the possibility of another 5 to 9 inches of snow likely, according to the latest advisory from the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Blizzard conditions were possible with high winds and falling temperatures.

The weather service said 6 to 8 inches of snow was expected in western North Dakota through Wednesday.

Northern Minnesota could see higher snowfall totals.

“Way it sounds we’re supposed to see anywhere from 7 to 14 inches yet today and tomorrow before it’s all said and done,” Ed Geving, road maintenance supervisor in Minnesota’s Beltrami County, said Tuesday morning. “It’s going to be a long day tomorrow.”

A gale warning is posted for Lake Superior, with east winds to 45 mph and pushing waves to 14 feet. A winter storm warning has been posted for all of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin until 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Severe cold may make the process of digging out especially unpleasant. Temperatures may not get above zero in some areas of North Dakota and northern Minnesota later in the week.

As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, some Duluth neighborhoods already had received more than 16 inches of heavy wet snow, with Two Harbors reporting 22 inches.

The Duluth airport set a record for the date with 7.5 inches of snow Monday; the old record for Dec. 2 was 5 inches, set in 1928. The airport’s storm total was up to 9.5 inches by 6 a.m. today.

In Minnesota, four fatalities were attributed to snow and slippery road conditions, the State Patrol said in a release.

Statewide, troopers responded to a total of 265 accidents with damage to vehicles Monday and into Tuesday morning. There were 36 accidents with injuries across the state in the same time frame.

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