Duluth Winter Watch

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, sledding, snowshoeing, watching 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.

Snow removal and safety are critical for Duluth as the 2nd largest city (geographically) in Minnesota covering 68 square miles of land and includes over 500 miles of roads, 400+ miles of sidewalks, and 100+ miles of alleys. The average snowfall Duluth receives is 83 inches over the course of the winter. The City of Duluth prepares ahead every winter by making sure an ample supply of salt and sand is in stock for the season; tuning up the 20 graders, 22 plow trucks, and 10 large scale sidewalk cleaners; and extensively training staff and reviewing plow operation procedures.   

This 2014-2015 winter season, the City is assessing its plowing methods and policies in the best interest of public safety and responsible stewardship of public resources. The City of Duluth will be testing a pilot snow and ice removal program that:

 -  Creates efficiencies by deploying operators to streets and sidewalks using a tiered priority

 -  Aims to better coordinate street plowing and sidewalk clearing operations,

 -  Connects residents to winter weather related resources, and 

 -  Improves electronic and one-on-one communications with the public about the City’s plowing

 -  Improves snow and ice removal operations using the existing resources we have.

For more information about snow removal routes, general city policies, and shoveling tips, click on the links to the left. A new Snow Event phone line has been updated and is answered by city staff during regular business hours at (218) 730-5100. Residents may leave a message for city staff if calling after hours. If you need to inform city staff about a particular issue or concern related to snow operations, please send us information using this online form.


If you need to inform city staff about a particular issue or concern related to snow operations, please send us information using this online form

Winter Watch Hotline
(218) 730-5100
Snow Removal Districts

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation also provides winter weather safety tips

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