Skip to main content

Freezing rain turns Duluth roadways into ice rink

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Freezing rain in Duluth Sunday morning coated the city with ice, making roads and sidewalks impassable for several hours.

It was so slick, these guys shot video of themselves "surfing" down a steep road.

Public officials urged drivers to stay put if possible due to treacherous driving conditions that caused dozens of crashes and led to a temporary suspension of Duluth's public transportation.

Traffic was at a standstill in some places. The Duluth News Tribune says vehicles were simply stuck, either spun out or unable to gain traction on the slick pavement.

Many cars were stopped because of drivers' unwillingness to risk going downhill.

A video posted to Facebook shows a car sliding down a Duluth street.

“I’ve never seen it like this before, where you could literally skate down Mesaba if you wanted to,” resident Jay Newkirk told the Duluth News Tribune.

Public safety officials said there were no serious injuries reported in the ice storm. Road conditions improved around noon Sunday.

Next Up

Mock aircraft cabin.

MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety

The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.

Scripps National Spelling Bee

These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee

The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.

covid, kids

New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota

The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.

Javen Juan Moreno

Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run

He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve

The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.

state capitol Minnesota

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?

A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.

water drain

Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park

The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.

Eli Hart

Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother

The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.

dave lee wcco radio

Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts

His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.

Tow Boat

Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI

The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

unsplash school bus

Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal

Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, May 23

The latest from the state health department.

Related