Windy winter storm causing headache for Northlanders, motorists

By KBJR News 1

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - "Within the next half–hour I'm supposed to be at work," laughed Lakewood Township resident Tom Snyder as he shoveled a seemingly endless white field that was his driveway Tuesday.

Snyder had already cleared his driveway Monday night of close to a foot of snow.

But then on Tuesday morning, "I cannot shovel my way out quick enough," said Snyder.

In the stretch of land along Minnesota's North Shore between Duluth and Two Harbors, anywhere from 12 to 22 inches of wet, heavy snow had fallen by Tuesday afternoon, and up to a possible foot more is on the way.

"I think it's out of my hands, and it's in Mother Nature's hands," said Snyder. "So, I did my best."

Further up McQuade Road, Saint Louis County Deputy Sheriff Adam Kleffman was busy responding to a truck in the ditch.

While speed wasn't a factor as much as unplowed back roads, Kleffman says driving too fast in severe winter conditions is typically the main culprit when it comes to car accidents.

"They're not taking the extra time to get to where they're going," said Kleffman. "Obviously with today, when we've got over 12 inches of snow, it's going to take you a considerable amount of time to get anywhere that you're going."

Kleffman advises Northlanders to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

If you do have to go out, Kleffman says stay slow, and plan ahead, which includes having the right gear in your car.

"...boots, blankets, extra food, ways to heat yourself if you can't get an emergency personnel to you in a timely manner," said Kleffman.

Other mandatory equipment includes a shovel to dig your way out of the ditch if that's where you end up.

Rock salt and/or kitty litter is also a way to help improve traction underneath your wheels.

A gale warning is posted for Lake Superior, affecting all of Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin until Wednesday afternoon, as well.

We could be seeing winds in excess of 40 miles per hour.

Billy Wagness

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