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Nightmare in the Northland as blizzard pummels Duluth

High winds, heavy snow and even lake flooding caused chaos.
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Heavy snow continues to fall in Duluth on Sunday morning after Saturday inflicted a blizzard that left drivers stuck and parts of the city flooded.

Winds in excess of 50 mph led to surges from Lake Superior and whiteout conditions on city roads, with as much as two feet of snow expected to have fallen by the time the system exits the area on Sunday afternoon.

Just after 11 p.m., MnDOT closed down part of I-35 southwest of the city, between Proctor and Scanlon, with the National Weather Service warning people to avoid travel in Duluth "at all costs."

A "no travel advisory" had been issued at noon Saturday. Despite this, some drivers still decided to venture out, leading to many becoming stranded on city roads, and requiring rescue from police.

Duluth Police Department said in one instance, a driver who became stuck complained about the roads not being plowed, and when asked why they were out driving, he replied "he was out shopping at the mall."

Speaking of shopping, the Miller Hill Mall closed early, at 6 p.m., because of the inclement conditions, while the Bentleyville Christmas lights attraction was closed throughout Saturday.

Meanwhile the Duluth Transit Authority stopped running services after 5:30 p.m., per the Duluth News Tribune.

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And with the high winds causing Lake Superior to roil, the city took the steps of closing Buchanan Street and Morse Street in Canal Park to traffic, and restricted access to Park Point to residents only, with police checking identification before the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Here are some of the scenes from the city.

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