Christmas week storm delivers the goods and the bads to the Midwest

If you slashed 2 feet of lake effect at Lutsen this weekend, you’re reading this with a very different perspective than those of us in the Twin Cities and below.

A winter storm that seemed destined to grace the Twin Cities area with a foot of snow grew stronger and stronger as temperatures near the Cities rose.

Dawn breaks at Lutsen on a 19″ powder day Friday. (Photo credit: MSJ correspondent “choiceyturns”)

The result: 2 feet of snow for Lutsen Friday and a raging downpour of spring-like rain down here.

Shockingly, Lutsen’s official reports of 9″ Thursday and 19″ Friday held up to MSJ’s correspondents on the ground.

“Unapologetic 24″ of lake effect powder turns the entire day,” said the source known as “choiceyturns” about his jaunt to the north country for Friday’s powder day.

Snow round-up

Besides Lutsen’s hefty reports, a number of Upper Midwest resorts fared well after this week’s offering.

Giants Ridge: The inland, northern Minnesota hill reported 14″ Saturday morning after the storm finished.

Spirit Mountain: Duluth’s Spirit received just about a foot of snow, but also boasted stashes of 2-3 feet in a Tweet Friday.

West of Minnesota, some other resorts picked up some inches in the storm.

Indianhead, or Big Snow, did not officially report, but nearby Big Powderhorn reported an 8″ storm total Saturday afternoon.

Another Upper Peninsula favorite, Mt. Bohemia, is not yet open for the season, which is unsurprising due to the hill’s untamed nature. However, Bohemia did project a Jan. 4 opening day thanks to “another foot of snow” on the way through New Year’s Day.

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