DIG OUT DULUTH: Residents ready for 'Round 2' - KMSP-TV

DIG OUT DULUTH: Residents ready for 'Round 2'

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DULUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

The winter storm that swept into Minnesota on Monday night dropped almost a full foot of snow in Duluth on Tuesday and may lay down another on Wednesday, but residents say their shovels are ready for more.

"Since we have so many more feet of snow coming, I'm just trying to get it down before they build it back up," Jacob Buck explained. "It's almost like laundry -- the never-ending battle."

Buck didn't stop at clearing the foot of snow from his path. He's also covering the snow that covered his neighbor's walkway too.

"I got a lot of kids that walk by going to school, and college kids that go right by here," he said. "When I was in college, I hated stepping through all that big, thick snow."

However, there may not be much student foot traffic on Wednesday. Duluth area schools have closed, and the University of Minnesota has also canceled classes through 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Yet, some of the college students who spoke with Fox 9 News say they appreciate the chance to catch up on homework and play in the snow, even if it means picking up the shovel for a little longer.

"I was just going to shovel some of his stuff because it sounds like he doesn't have a snowblower," Jake Williams said.

Although Duluth residents are quick to dig out to prevent snow piles from becoming a bigger chore, lake effect snow bands could add up to 2 more feet of snow. At the least, an additional 12 to 18 inches are expected to fall in the area by Wednesday evening.

On the roads, the snow has created plenty of problems for drivers. Deputy Chief Mike Tusken, of the Duluth Police Department, told Fox 9 there have been at least 50 accidents over the past two days, and officers encourage residents to avoid making a trek amid the snowy mess if possible.

"We want people to be careful and not travel outside of their homes if they don't have to," Tusken said.

Still, if cabin fever has a person wishing they could flee the coop -- Buck has a suggestion for those who struggle with being snowed in.

"Clear the way for your neighbor," he said.

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