This winter's record-breaking snow for Duluth wreaked havoc on a handful of businesses across the area. With the heavy weight of this winter's snow, Duluth's Miller Hill Mall, a St. Louis County maintenance facility, and the Duluth Michael's store all suffered roof issues after a mid-March storm.

While the Miller Hill Mall saw a phased reopening through the later parts of March, the Michael's store - just across the highway from the mall - remained closed well after temporarily shutting down on March 16.

A report said that some roof beams had buckled under the weight of heavy snow from that week's storm, forcing them to make some repairs before they could reopen. Snow removal teams were spotted on the scene the following week, on March 20, clearing snow from the roof above the store.

As the days turned to weeks, fans of the store began to wonder when Michael's might reopen after this incident.

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The good news is that the store has returned to service!

Store team members said the location opened on Friday, April 26. Banners can be seen in the windows of the store, letting fans of the arts and crafts retailer know that they have opened once again.

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While there is a boarded-off area on the eastern side of the store, shoppers can otherwise enjoy a normal shopping experience once again, getting arts and crafts supplies and other goodies from the retailer.

The reopening comes as the Duluth area's weather looks to (hopefully) turn to spring-like conditions for good. The area has seen bouts of cold and snow through the month of April, with flurries being spotted in town as recently as this past weekend. The forecast holds daytime highs in the 50s for this week, which is a sign that bodes well for optimism springtime might actually be here.

The 15 Snowiest Winters On Record In Duluth History

Since the National Weather Service began keeping weather records in Duluth in the late 1800s, here are the 15 winters with the highest snowfall totals on historical record.

It is worth noting that the official records from 1941-today have been recorded at the area now known as the Duluth International Airport (away from the lake, on top of the hill). Before then, various locations closer to Lake Superior had been used for official weather recording data. For anyone that knows anything about how Lake Superior and the hill play a role in temperature and snow, you can see how this makes older records inherently different.

While these records note the "snowiest winters", they actually include all seasonal snowfall from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.