DULUTH - The Minnesota State Patrol reported Saturday afternoon that it had responded to more than 4,500 calls for service across the state since a winter storm began Thursday. The 4,514 total calls on state and federal highways included 964 crashes, 2,342 calls of vehicles off the road, 1,082 stalled vehicles, 74 jackknifed vehicles and 52 motorist assists.
Residents of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin continued to clean up Saturday after receiving a foot or more of new snow.
Skies were sunny, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported difficult driving across much of the region as blowing and drifting snow continued to be a problem, hindering efforts to keep roads clear.
The highest storm snow total reported to the National Weather Service in Duluth was 24 inches at Gile, near Hurley in northwestern Wisconsin, where the snow finally ended at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Other totals included 18 inches at Alborn, Superior and South Range in Wisconsin; and 17.3 inches near Two Harbors, Minn.
The official total at the Duluth airport was 14.3 inches.