Skimpiest Duluth winter in nearly a half century

Like many places in Minnesota, Duluth's snowfall count is well short of normal. The city has gotten 4.3 inches of snow so far this winter. It's been 49 years since a winter has started out so dry.
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Like many places in Minnesota, Duluth's snowfall count is well short of normal. The city has gotten 4.3 inches of snow so far this winter. It's been 49 years since a winter has started out so dry.

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