MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The winter blast that dumped up to 17 inches of snow in Minnesota earlier this week left much more impressive totals across the eastern border.

Due to lake-effect snow from Lake Superior, communities in northern Wisconsin have seen up to 4 feet of snow since the flakes started falling on Monday.

The National Weather Service in Duluth says the town of Gile, in northeastern Wisconsin, saw 50.1 inches of snow.

That’s more than 4 feet.

Lake-effect snow happens when cold winds blow across the surface of a warmer lake, and pick up moisture. That moisture then freezes in the wind, and then falls as snow where the wind takes it.

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