Powerful wind and waves battered the Duluth shoreline on Tuesday as a late-season winter storm battered the region. The messy storm included blizzard conditions in parts of Minnesota, a glaze of ice, thunderstorms, snow, and strong wind gusts up to nearly 70 MPH.

Due to concerns about strong waves propelled by those windy conditions, there was a lakeshore flooding advisory put out by the National Weather Service for a part of Tuesday. That advisory was eventually canceled as a cushion of packed ice and snow chunks congregated along the Lake Superior shoreline, including Duluth's Canal Park and Park Point.

MORE: See top wind gust speeds recorded around the Northland Tuesday

What was left behind on Wednesday morning was an impressive sheet of pulverized icy debris that extended from within the canal to a few hundred yards into the lake.

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One of the things that was kind of surreal was just how calm the surface was Wednesday morning, despite a breeze off the lake. In the video below, showing the harbor side of the lift bridge, the sheet of pieces of ice and snow doesn't even appear to be moving - a stark difference to the rolling waves under this same ice and snow on Tuesday.

Those waves threw chunks of ice and snow onto portions of the Canal Park piers, leaving piles several feet tall within the pier walls. Additionally, the Canal Park shoreline is now plastered with a layer of caked-on snow and ice, left behind by waves battering against the shoreline on Tuesday.

You can see the aftermath of the scene in the photos below.

Sea Of Snowy Ice Chunks Left Behind By Wind & Waves In Duluth's Canal Park

Powered by wind gusts up to nearly 70 mph on Tuesday, the Lake Superior shoreline in Duluth's Canal Park and Park Point saw a pile of snow and ice piled up along the shoreline.

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.

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