'Blizzard' More Than What Met the Eye

By KBJR News 1

March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 6:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - For excited residents in Duluth, the absence of a major winter storm was disappointing.

But for some who actually saw the forecasted blizzard, the snowfall was unwelcome.

Moose Lake resident Carl Ische spent the afternoon shoveling his driveway. Although the calendar says winter is over, each scoop tells him it's not.

"Its spring time... isn't it spring time? I can wait 'til it melts now. It's just disgusting."

Though the bark may have been bigger than the bite with this storm, a substantial amount of snow still fell in the area. Six inches fell in Moose Lake, right down I–35... Nine inches in Hinckley...and the snow is continuing to fall and blow around.

More than 14 inches fell in Washburn County, Wisconsin and just more than 10 as well in Hayward.

But in Duluth, the main weather event was the wind.

"It's amazing, the photographers that will be out braving the elements and out standing on the points getting soaking wet trying to get good wave shots. There's a lot of people that show up for these storms. That's the impressive part of Lake Superior."

Freezing spray coated the lakewalk, trees, and even some people.
Further up the shore at the Split Rock Lighthouse, a 72 Mile per Hour wind gust was recorded... just 1 mile per hour off of hurricane force.

Historic Site Manager Lee Radzak lives on the site and says the storm was as loud as ever.

"Not getting much sleep because it's so darn noisy with the wind and the waves and the roaring of that air moving around, it gets to be pretty loud."

Lake effect snow blew into the Twin Ports, leaving only a dusting on the ground after over a foot was expected.

But as we all know in the Northland, the snow will melt and warmer days are ahead.

Commuters on the Blatnik Bridge experienced strong winds.

A 70 mile per hour gust was recorded earlier this afternoon.

Written for the web by Chris Axelson