The Duluth/Superior area weekend forecast is pretty mild for early December, with highs into the 30's expected and no significant snow. You'd never know that you a blown snowstorm was taking place in Minnesota.

In fact, a Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11 in the Twin Cities area, with Winter Storm warnings and Winter Weather Advisories in place throughout surrounding areas, including Wisconsin.

This is one of those seemingly rare occasions where the Northland is spared a winter storm while we watch southern parts of the state go through nasty conditions that we know all too well.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation shared a few images on Facebook Friday of what their crews are witnessing in those areas.

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They added that their crews are working diligently to clear off roads, while advising people not to drive unless it's absolutely necessary.

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The also shared images of a seven-vehicle crash that took place Friday on I-35, just north of Faribault, which impacted traffic from both directions.

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation did provide an update later in day, stating that one southbound lane of I-35 has reopened and motorists should be prepared for slow-moving traffic in the area. Northbound lanes of I-35 remained open.

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Friday night at about 7:00 p.m. Minnesota meteorologist Sven Sundgaard provided a video update of the storm, including snowfall totals to that point, on his Facebook page. Some areas were expected to receive up to a foot of snow.

We all know our time is coming and in the near future we will likely be dealing with our own nasty winter storm, but for today anyway, we can sit comfortably from afar knowing we dodged this one.

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