Historic storm leaves Northland snowed in

By KBJR News 1

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- It seemed to be the storm that never wanted to end. Nearly two feet of snow fell on the Northland, with some areas seeing as much as three feet before it was all said and done.

"We got off easy the last couple winters so I felt like this was coming, but it's pretty intense there's a lot of snow here," said Eric Lemke.

The storm left the region buried and if you're like many other Northlanders your morning probably looked like this- dig and toss!

"I called her for a ride because my car was stuck and then I had to come shovel her car out anyway so that backfired," said Shannon Greely.

But it was more complicated than that...Temperatures dipped to nine degrees this morning but felt like 16 degrees below with the wind chill making it harder to clean up the mounds of frozen snow and ice.

"It seems to take a lot longer now that everything is frozen," said Greely.

It wasn't just cars that were buried. Roads were covered too. As fast as the snow plows were working, the snow was falling faster.

Plow drivers have more than 4-hundred miles of city streets to clear, with emergency routes and highly traveled streets taking priority.

"It's gonna take a couple days, we're still asking people to be patient, it's a lot of snow to move," said David Greely, City Administrative Officer for the City of Duluth.

Duluth resident Kenneth Maki just bought a new car Saturday but was cooped up in the house due to the storm and couldn't take it out for a drive.

"It's time to go drive somewhere so taking out the vehicle," said Kenneth Maki.

Unfortunately Maki's new vehicle was stuck and not going anywhere anytime soon.. but Maki wasn't in any hurry to get it out as safety was his number one priority.

"They call it heart attack snow so I definitely don't wanna do that so I have to do it slow and in pieces," said Maki.

After all the snow, shoveling and snowblowing, I think there is one thing we can all agree on, until next time.

"Glad it's over!" exclaimed Greely.

We aren't expecting any more snow in the near future, but temperatures will struggle to get above zero in the next couple of days.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com