Record April Snow Fall; Most Roads Okay

By KBJR News 1

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Last night's snow brought with it dangerous driving conditions across the Northland Friday.

Many roads were listed as difficult, with one stretch of Highway 61 in Two Harbors listed as hazardous during this morning's commute.

Between the hours of 6 and 11:30 Friday, there were 14 car crashes with one accident resulting in an injury.

50 vehicles slid off the road.

Between the same hours, there were 10 crashes in the Virginia. area.
30 vehicles went off the road.

Luckily no injuries were reported.

Officials from the state patrol say drivers need to remember that road conditions are unpredictable and should slow down and stay alert.

"We seem to be getting storm after storm and that can have a wearing effect but, we have a job to do. We have had to extend shifts and officers have been working over time. We are doing what we can to make sure that everybody gets safely to where they are going," Capt. Steve Stromback, MN State Patrol, said.

We have not seen this much snow in Duluth since 1950.

In April alone, there have been 41 point seven inches of snow accumulation in the Twin Ports Region.

That makes the 2012-2013 winter season the 5th snowiest on record.

The sheer weight of the snow has been damaging to many trees.

Three pine trees in the Chester Bowl area have fallen...including one that stood approximately 50 feet, near the main ski house.

Road conditions are improving throughout much of the region.

A stretch of highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors was considered hazardous about four hours ago...now that area is listed as fair.

MNDOT trucks will be sanding and salting now though the weekend.

Justin Reis, NNC