Northern Minnesota on pace for least snowy winter on record
DULUTH -- It will take many more snowfalls like we had this week to put a dent in the drought around Minnesota. The dry spell extends back to last summer and in places like northern Minnesota, a bad situation is growing worse. Steve Gohde, who monitors drought conditions for the National Weather Service, says Duluth is on pace to log one of its least snowy winters on record. Gohde says the city has received about 20 inches of snow this winter, about 40 inches below a typical winter.
MOUNTAIN IRON - A body of water that actually has decent ice won't have it much longer. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is out with a warning that levels on the West Two Rivers Reservoir in Mountain Iron will be dropping more than a foot over the next three weeks, drastically changing ice conditions and creating the possibility of open water. People are urged to stay off the reservoir as US Steel begins a draw down of the water for future taconite production.