Heavy snow and strong winds lashed portions of the Upper Midwest on Friday. A springtime blizzard dumped more than a foot of snow on central and northern communities in Minnesota. Visibility was reduced to zero in Duluth, Minnesota where the United States Postal Service canceled mail delivery. Blizzard conditions are expected to continue in northeastern Minnesota until Saturday morning. By Sunday the sun will return and temperatures will warm into the 40s. By early next week temperatures will reach the 50s and 60s creating the threat of severe flooding.
Portions of Upper Michigan received as much as 10 inches of snow by early Friday morning. The heavy snow is causing another round of cleanup efforts and taxing budgets in the area. Snowfall has been above normal throughout the region this year.