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Northland Gets More Snow in Time for Spring

Posted at: 03/18/2013 6:41 PM
Updated at: 03/18/2013 6:42 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Spring is just two days away, but looking around the Northland, it's hard to tell. A snowy beginning to the work week had much of the Northland under a Winter Weather Advisory throughout Monday.

Though the snow didn't close any schools, it did close the Lake Superior Zoo for the day. Slippery roads also made for slow traffic and a few accidents, including one on I-35 near 40th Ave. W.

The fast falling snow reminded many Northlanders that winter is not over.

"I don't mind shoveling, actually," said April Murphy of West Duluth. "As long as it's not too cold out, which it isn't too cold today, I don't mind it. I'll go home and shovel there, too."

But a longer shovel season, also means a longer ski season for some. Skiers and snowboarders at Spirit Mountain were happy for the fresh snow. It was blowing so much the ski lift was hardly visible, but those on the hill said the conditions were perfect.

"By the time you get to the top of the lift, the tracks are already covered with snow and you're good to go," said snowboarder James Ylinen.

No matter what Northlanders do in this fresh snow, it's up to Mother Nature whether we will see any more this season. According to Chief Meteorologist Justin Liles, we are finally seeing a normal winter after a few fluke seasons.