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First Big Snow Storm Hits the Northland

Posted at: 11/23/2012 5:05 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 10:45 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

The first big snow storm hit the Northland Thursday night. Slick snow and gusty winds made for some difficult travel conditions, leaving some drivers in the ditch.

Minnesota State Patrol reported eight incidents overnight for Duluth alone, with many more across the region. The first snow storm of the year acts as a quick reminder of what winter weather brings.

"It's pretty typical," said Duluth resident Laura DeRosier. "I think everybody needs to learn how to do things over again, including driving, and de-icing windows, taking care of winter nuances."

DeRosier didn't even need to leave her home to experience the first snow storm. High winds and ice caused a huge tree to fall on her roof.

"It was very loud, it shook the whole house, and the windows were shaking," DeRosier said. "And then I got up and realized...there was a tree that fell on my house."

Although the first winter storm was a headache for some, for others it meant the beginning of winter fun. The hill behind Rosary Mary Catholic School in Duluth was full of kids lined up to get their first slide of the year in.

"I love sledding because you get to go fast," Declan Huddleston, age 9, said.

Statewide, the Minnesota State Patrol reported 186 crashes and another 244 vehicles slid off the road, as of Friday morning. Nearly 30 minor injuries were reported and no fatalities.