Skip to main content

This might seem unbelievable for a city that gets an average of 86 inches of snowfall every winter, but Duluth has never declared an official snow emergency.

Yes, that is correct. Nary a snow emergency in the city's official 165-year, post-European settlement history.

Barring a climate catastrophe, that will change this winter.

Duluth installed more than 2,200 snow emergency signs over the summer the city said, which will allow staff to establish emergency routes and — you guessed it — declare a snow emergency.

"The City of Duluth is poised to declare its first-ever snow emergency this winter," the city said in a news release.

To held prepare for the change, Mayor Emily Larson is holding a one-hour, virtual community session at 6 p.m. Tuesday titled "City Hall in the City: Let’s Talk about Snow." It will be streamed live on the Duluth Facebook page.

Staff members from numerous city departments, including parking and the Human Rights Office, will also be there to tell residents "what they need to know about what to do when a snow emergency has been declared."

Duluth hasn't gone unplowed. The city has well-established street parking rules residents and visitors are expected to follow. During the winter months, these rules help ensure the streets have a chance to become fully cleared.

The city will use the NorthlandAlert system as one of the methods with which to notify residents of snow emergencies. FOX 21 earlier this year said when one is declared, vehicles will have to be off those snow emergency routes by 4 p.m.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Kirill Kaprizov's slow start is a thing of the past

A potential sophomore slump has been erased with a three-point night against the Devils..

mpd aldi incident screengrab

Video shows MPD officer grab, throw Aldi customer

The department says the matter was referred to the Office of Police Conduct Review.

US Sec Defense Flickr - Joe Bide Nov 11 2021

Biden lays out wintertime plan to curb COVID's spread

It comes as the U.S. reported its second case of the omicron variant.

Willow River DOC

MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.

covid

3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Redmons Popcorn Colbert screengrab

Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.

Related

tow truck, snow emergency, Minneapolis

Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergencies

Both snow emergencies go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

plow, snow

Minneapolis, St. Paul both declare snow emergencies

Parking restrictions will be in place the next two days.

St. Paul to hike charges for towing during snow emergencies

The council approved a hike in towing fees on Wednesday.

Impound lot

Crowded impound lot raises COVID concerns after Minneapolis snow emergency

A vehicle owner complains about the tightly-packed impound lot following the weekend's snow.

Snow-covered cars.

Another snow emergency... so now where do you park?

Minneapolis and St. Paul have temporarily halted winter parking restrictions.

Snow emergencies declared; crashes pile up in Twin Cities

Minneapolis and St. Paul have both declared snow emergencies.