Updated: 12/04/2013 10:49 PM
Created: 12/03/2013 8:58 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Three days of accumulating snow in northeastern Minnesota has brought daily activities to a grinding halt. The snowstorm that won't quit has closed more than schools, universities and businesses.
The University of Minnesota Duluth is closed Wednesday because of the storm, a move the school rarely makes.
Lake Superior College in Duluth also is closed Wednesday.
UMD spokeswoman Gina Katzmark tells the Duluth News Tribune that snow-removal crews work 12-hour shifts and then break for 12 hours, and the amount of snow expected means closure.
Katazmark says the fact that temperatures are expected to plunge later means the campus needs roads cleared out before the deep freeze.
The campus closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Snow removal crews are expected to work to keep campus roads open for emergency traffic.
A power outage in the Duluth area left Spirit Mountain without electricity. They closed down the mountain Wednesday night. It's unclear at this point if the outage is weather related.
Due to a power outage in the area we are currently without power. We are closing down the mountain and want everyone to get home safe.— Spirit Mountain (@spiritmtduluth) December 5, 2013
The storm also canceled the children's Hanukkah party at Temple Israel in Duluth, as well as church Advent services, the lutefisk dinner at First Lutheran and Salvation Army bell ringing.
KSTP sister-station WDIO-TV says the Duluth Heritage Sports Center is closed Wednesday, as well as the local library, food pantry, Great Lakes Aquarium, YMCA and the Lake Superior Zoo.
National Weather Service observers reported 28 inches of snow in Two Harbors, north of Duluth and 18 inches in the city of Duluth, with additional accumulation expected.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.