As messy, winter-like weather approaches parts of the Northland this week, I guess it's time to officially transition into "winter mode'. This means preparing your vehicle while also having hats, gloves, boots and your winter jacket ready.

If you're a Duluth resident, that also means brushing up on the Snow Removal Code that all residents are required to follow each winter. Some people may not even know an official code exists, but it does and the Duluth Fire Department is tasked with enforcing it.

According to a post on the City of Duluth Facebook page, their Code Enforcement Officers take on this duty every year during the winter months in Duluth. So, what exactly is the Snow Removal Code?

Here are some key things expected from Duluth residents:

  • Remove snow and ice from sidewalks and intersection handicap ramps abutting your property within 24-hours of snowfall ending.
  • Clear snow the width of the sidewalk. Remember that sidewalks are used by strollers and wheelchairs in the winter.
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible.
  • Clear any snow that may be blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.
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Anyone with questions regarding how Duluth handles snow removal across the city can visit the City Snow FAQ page.

As for the messy weather heading into the region this week, Chief Meteorologist Justin Liles, with our media partners at WDIO-TV, says things could get slippery as early as Thursday afternoon north of the Twin Ports area.

Here is Justin's current forecast for the Twin Ports area into the weekend:

  • Thursday - Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers likely. Temperature falling to around 37 by 3pm. Windy, with an east wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
    Thursday Night - Rain showers, snow showers, and freezing rain likely before midnight, then a chance of snow showers and freezing rain between midnight and 3am, then a chance of snow showers after 3am. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Breezy, with an east wind around 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
  • Veterans Day - A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Blustery, with a north wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
  • Friday Night - A 20 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Blustery, with a north wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Saturday - Partly sunny, with a high near 28. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

With the Christmas City of The North Parade and the opening of Bentleyville both just over a week away, it was only a matter of time before we felt winter in the Northland.

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