Officials with the City of Duluth shared a lengthy update Monday evening, announcing the closure of some city facilities for Tuesday, the latest on plowing of city streets, and details about a potential snow emergency declaration.

Several inches of snow have fallen in Duluth since early Monday morning, with several more inches expected through Monday night and into the day on Tuesday. With gusty winds added on top of the heavy snow, road conditions and visibility have been poor, and will remain difficult into Tuesday.

Officials requested the public limit travel unless absolutely necessary until the storm ends.

Along with this request, a number of other weather-related updates were offered in the city's Monday evening social media update. Here's what they shared:

Facility closures

In the update, it was announced that Duluth City Hall, all Duluth Public Library locations, and the CareerForce (Workforce Development) building would all be closed to the public on Tuesday, February 22, due to the weather. The update did note that some services would still be offered virtually, where possible.

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Plowing updates

In accordance with the city's "snow and ice policy", plows are continuing to plow main roads. Due to the nature of this storm coming in two waves, crews will continue to clear main roads and work on residential streets as soon as possible.

Will Duluth declare a snow emergency?

The City of Duluth says they will not be declaring a snow emergency Monday due to the heavy amount of snow still falling, and expected to fall on Tuesday. They explained that the city uses snow emergencies to widen snow emergency routes to ensure that cars parking along those roads can park as close to the curb as possible and not in the driving lane.

City officials will determine whether or not to declare a snow emergency sometime Tuesday, February 22. This decision will be based on the amount of snow continuing to fall and the rate of snow falling per hour.

They went on to explain that snow emergency decisions are taken very seriously, as they have the potential to bring serious implications to residents like cars being ticketed or towed due to noncompliance.

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