The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel along major roadways in southern St. Louis County as well as along the North Shore.
According to Minnesota 511 Travel Information, travel is not advised on:
- the Blatnik Bridge or Bong Bridge;
- U.S. Highway 53 from Interstate 35 to Cotton;
- U.S. Highway 2 from I-35 to U.S. Highway 2;
- Minnesota Highway 33 from U.S. Highway 2 to U.S. Highway 53;
- Minnesota Highway 194 from U.S. Highway 53 to U.S. Highway 2;
- Mesaba Avenue to Central Entrance;
- Central Entrance from Mesaba Avenue to Trinity Road;
- I-35 from London Road to Cloquet;
- Minnesota Highway 61 from I-35 to Silver Bay; and
- Grand Avenue from I-35 to Grand Avenue Place.
The city of Duluth advised no unnecessary travel Thursday afternoon until roads are cleared, and to take precautions if travel is needed.
Duluth plow crews have been operating since 2 a.m. Monday and with persistent snowfall, and crews will continue to work into Friday. The city is bringing in additional plow drivers from other division to increase capacity and assist with operations, a news release said. As of 4:30 p.m., the National Weather Service in Duluth reported 8.9 inches had fallen near the airport.
According to a news release, crews are currently attempting to keep main roads clear, and as snow begins to taper off and subside Thursday night, they will begin getting to residential roads and neighborhoods.
Snow will become light from west to east Thursday evening, with heavier snow continuing in the Northwest Wisconsin snow belt overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
To report snow plow or street maintenance needs, call the snow events hotline at (218) 730-5100. For up to date road conditions, visit www.511mn.org.