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Snow started occurring on the evening of October 26th as strong cold air advection helped bring surface temperatures into the lower 30s in an area curving from the Brainerd Lakes up towards Duluth, and along the north shore of Lake Superior into southern Lake County. The heaviest snow with this storm fell in a relatively concentrated area from near Cloquet and Esko, northeast through Duluth, Hermantown, and surrounding communities, and towards Two Harbors. This was due in part to a relatively persistent band of heavier snow that set up late in the evening, around Midnight. To the left is a radar image from 12:04 AM CDT on October 27th.
The snowfall at Duluth was the 4th greatest storm total snowfall in October at Duluth on record. The greatest was on October 23-25, 1933 when 11.5 inches of snow fell.
When combined with strong, gusty winds, the snow reduced visibilities to around or just under one half mile. The location of the heaviest snowfall was a bit unusual as it fell to the south or southeast of the center of the low, which is not typical in most winter storms.
Here is a snowfall map for the NWS Duluth county warning area, created using GIS software:
Here is a listing of snowfall reports received through midday on October 27th. Therefore, the time that is listed by each report is from October 27.
|9.0||2 SW Twig||MN||St. Louis||640 AM|
|8.0||2 SE Twig||MN||St. Louis||1034 AM|
|8.0||1 N Adolph||MN||St. Louis||700 AM|
|7.7||3 NE Hermantown||MN||St. Louis||100 PM|
|7.1||8 E Fredenberg||MN||St. Louis||900 AM|
|7.1||7 NW Two Harbors||MN||Lake||752 AM|
|7.0||4 S Sawyer||MN||Carlton||1230 PM|
|6.0||Saginaw||MN||St. Louis||931 AM|
|6.0||12 NNW Hermantown||MN||St. Louis||840 AM|
|5.0||4 WNW Cloquet||MN||Carlton||726 AM|
|5.0||5 NW Two Harbors||MN||Lake||530 AM|
|4.8||2 WNW Duluth||MN||St. Louis||800 AM|
|4.0||2 E Floodwood||MN||St. Louis||800 AM|
|4.0||Floodwood||MN||St. Louis||800 AM|
|4.0||Saginaw||MN||St. Louis||630 AM|
|3.8||3 NE Brainerd||MN||Crow Wing||630 AM|
|3.0||5 W Two Harbors||MN||Lake||800 AM|
|2.0||Culver||MN||St. Louis||605 AM|
|1.5||14 W Isabella||MN||Lake||900 AM|
|1.0||Moose Lake||MN||Carlton||750 AM|
|0.5||5 N Grand Marais||MN||Cook||1120 AM|
|0.2||Solon Springs||WI||Douglas||900 AM|
|0.2||4 W Clam Lake||WI||Burnett||700 AM|