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SNOWED IN: Duluth totals may top 38 inches

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    Photo by Nancy Moore in DuluthPhoto by Nancy Moore in Duluth
    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.
    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.
DULUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

The snow just keeps falling in the northern part of the state, and after three days of accumulation, just about everything except plows and snowblowers have come to a halt as residents hole up.

Anyone in and around Duluth's aerial lift bridge is being urged to travel with extreme car. The winds have picked up, causing clumps of snow and ice to pile up and blow off the bridge. Those pieces could hurt people or cars, and residents have already had a hard time getting around.

"Kind of slid off the road and got stuck," David Gennerman recalled.

Duluth's first winter storm of the season brought about 3 feet of snow along with sidekicks of stinging wind and slippery ice. Even for those who are used to driving on snowy Minnesota roads, the combination of the three was too much for many motorists.

"There's usually not 4 or 5 people that hop out of their truck, you know, and attach the tow for you and get you out of there," Gennerman, from Milwaukee, said. "I'm thrilled."

Yet, Duluth residents say they're just living up to that Minnesota Nice motto by looking out for others.

"That's what we do here in Duluth," Jimmy Ta said. "We've got to help our neighbors."

It was certainly serendipitous for Gennerman as much of St. Louis County closed or shut down after the storm's first round came through on Monday.

"Salt of the earth people -- just good people," he said. "This guy doesn't know me. He's attaching the clip and pulling me out."

The storm's made a mess of many roads in the state, with troopers responding to at least 175 crashes so far.

"Motorists have had a little bit of trouble getting acclimated," Deputy Chief Mike Tusken, with the Duluth Police Department, told Fox 9 News.

On Wednesday, wind gusts clocked in at 40 mph in Duluth while temperatures barely flirted with 30 degrees. Those surges brought a bitter chill to the area and left ocean-like waves crashing onto the shore of Lake Superior.

"A mess -- a big mess," Roger Knight described.

Even the University of Minnesota Duluth campus closed Tuesday through Wednesday as emergency crews worked to clear the roads for emergency vehicles.

The storm even sent some of the most persistent business owners back home, but the disruption didn't apply at the Duluth National Airport. Crews there have been clearing snow non-stop for 48 hours.

A deep freeze will soon sink in on the state of Minnesota once the storm clears. Highs through the weekend are only expected to reach the single digits, and wind chills could make the air temperature feel as cold as -20 in Duluth.

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