Snow is falling across the region, and the City of Duluth shared an update on Wednesday that includes plans for street plowing, government office closures, service and program cancellations, and other information.

In the update, city officials explained that they have been planning ahead for this storm as the forecast indicated it was on the way. City plow operators will continue to work during the storm, prioritizing main roadways to allow emergency vehicles, busses, and other vehicles, then working to clear residential streets and alleys in accordance with the city's snow plowing procedures.

In those procedures, the city aims to prioritize plowing operations as follows:

  • Priority 1 (Main Arterials) – 36 hours after the snowfall subsides
  • Priority 2 (Residential) streets open to traffic (one lane) within 48 hours after the snowfall subsides
  • Priority 3 (Alleys) opened and made passable within 56 hours after the snowfall subsides

You can see more about the city's snow removal policies and snow emergency route map on the City of Duluth's snow emergency website.

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City officials went on in their update to ask the public to be patient with snow removal operations and to exercise safety and caution while driving as well as to be aware of potential lakeshore flooding due to strong winds. In the update, they specifically ask the public to avoid areas near Brighton Beach, the Lakewalk, Canal Park, Park Point, and other shoreline areas due to these potential flooding and freezing concerns.

The Warming Center will be open from 6 pm Wednesday evening (February 22) until noon Thursday (February 23) to accommodate those who need the space during the cold, windy, snowy weather conditions.

As of the update shared Wednesday, City Hall will remain open on Thursday, though some departments may have limited in-person staffing, as some staff may be able to work and provide service remotely during the storm.

  • The Duluth Public Library will delay opening until noon on Thursday, February 23
  • The Duluth Parks & Recreation morning activities scheduled for Thursday, February 23 are cancelled
  • The Workforce Center/CareerForce will be closed Thursday, February 23

City officials will monitor conditions and share other closures as necessary.


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