October snowfall makes early season debut in Cook and Lake Counties
Oct 13, 2019 05:32AM
By Andee Erickson of the Lake County News Chronicle - October 12, 2019
Lake and Cook counties experienced the highest snowfall amounts in the region Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service reported a half inch of snow in Two Harbors and 1 inch at Wolf Ridge Saturday morning.
In Cook County, the Weather Service reported 5 inches in Lutsen, 4 inches in Grand Marais and 9 inches at Sea Gull Lake in the northern part of the county at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Half-an-inch was reported in Duluth and 1 inch was reported in Cloquet, with snow covering mainly grassy surfaces, if anything, before melting.
Road temperatures are expected to drop fairly quickly Saturday night, said Steve Gohde, hydrologist and observing program leader with the Duluth National Weather Service. That means roads could get slippery again.
Icy road conditions could be found around the Northland Saturday morning.
The Minnesota State Patrol responded to a weather-related car accident at 6 a.m. Saturday near Wright. The driver was traveling on an icy Highway 210 when he lost control and rolled into the ditch.
The 38-year-old driver from Bemidji experienced non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger had no injuries.
Paramedics with the Cloquet Area Fire District and the Floodwood Fire Department responded to a crash near Floodwood Saturday morning, according to a CAFD Facebook post. Nine people were injured in the head-on collision between two vehicles. All were transported to regional trauma centers.
"As weather and road conditions deteriorate, please drive accordingly and wear your seat belts," the post said.
The Duluth Police Department had not responded to any weather-related crashes in the city as of 3 p.m. Saturday.