Duluth Winter Watch

Duluth Winter Watch - Snow Removal


Priority Time Frames for Snow and Ice Control:

  • Priority 1 streets (Main Arterials) open to traffic (two lanes) within 36 hours after the snowfall subsides
  • Priority 2 streets (Residential) open to traffic (one lane) within 48 hours after the snowfall subsides
  • Priority 3 (Alleys) opened and made passable within 56 hours after the snowfall subsides

Residents in the northland get to enjoy the best of Duluth: the lure of Lake Superior, interesting topography, easy access to parks and trails, and the beauty of four seasons. For many, the arrival of snow is coupled with the anticipation of a great season for skiing, snowshoeing, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon or the SnoCross race, not to mention fat tire biking.

For others, snow in varying amounts can pose challenges and inconveniences that accompany living in a four season city built on a hill.  The City of Duluth is continually seeking improvements in how we help residents and visitors safely access and use our various transit systems: streets, sidewalks, alleys and trails.

This winter season, the City is assessing its plowing methods and policies in the best interest of public safety and responsible stewardship of public resources. For more information about snow removal routes, general city policies, and shoveling tips, click on the links to the left.

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Read information about Duluth’s Plow operations at Duluth Facts.