REGIONAL – A winter storm that dumped between four to 12 inches of snow across the region on Wednesday forced the cancellation of classes at most area schools, caused power outages and made driving …
REGIONAL – A winter storm that dumped between four to 12 inches of snow across the region on Wednesday forced the cancellation of classes at most area schools, caused power outages and made driving some county roads hazardous.
The St. Louis County, Vermilion Country School, Nett Lake and Ely school districts closed their schools on Wednesday and school classes were also canceled at Virginia, Hibbing, Chisholm and Cloquet. In addition, community colleges in Virginia, Ely and Hibbing were closed on Wednesday.
The storm also caused power outages in St. Louis County and Itasca County as heavy snow accumulated on power lines and tree branches, snapping lines.
Lake Country Power reported that nearly 1,400 Lake Country Power members were without power on Wednesday morning and that the outage numbers were expected to grow.
All available Lake Country Power line crews were working to restore service as quickly and safely as possible, but officials warned that heavy snowfall was expected to fall throughout the night and additional outages were likely.
Lake Country Power members can call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information. You can also visit the Outage Center online at www.lakecountrypower.coop for a real-time outage status.
The snow was creating poor driving conditions across the region and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office urged residents to use caution when driving on rural county roadways in St. Louis County.
The office reported that it had received numerous complaints over the past couple of days of roadways being washed out or completely under water due to the recent rainfall and the heavy, wet snowfall, which began Wednesday morninig.
The National Weather Service issued flood advisories for parts of the Northland through Thursday morning.
A small stream flood advisory was in effect for southwestern St. Louis County, including Hibbing and Floodwood, until 9:30 a.m. Thursday. According to the Weather Service, two to four inches of rain has fallen in that region, which combined with snowmelt to cause local streams to rise.