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Duluth, Northland Hit Hard By Winter Storm

DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO/AP) -- Duluth and the Northland are feeling the brunt of the winter storm, which dumped more than 20 inches of snow in parts.

Heavy wet snow continues to keep plows busy and high winds are whipping up 15-foot waves on Lake Superior.

"This is like the craziest thing I've ever seen and I just moved here," Duluth resident Tessa Russell-Morgan said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the sidewalks of downtown Duluth had few pedestrians, but plenty of snow lined them.

The heavy snow also canceled or delayed school in some northeastern Minnesota communities.

Hazardous driving conditions were a factor in many accidents. Duluth police have handled 50 crashes since the snow began Monday.

In residential neighborhoods, people could be found clearing snow from sidewalks by shoveling or snow-blowing.

"(The snow) will be great for the holidays, but when the holidays are over, it can go away," resident Duane Rick said, laughing.

And with a big temperature drop expected soon, getting the snow out of the way is even more important.

"The next couple days it's supposed to get down to 15 below here by Saturday, so it's really gonna get bad," resident Glenn Dahlberg said.

A gale warning is posted for Lake Superior. The weather service has issued a winter storm warning for the region through late Wednesday.

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