Blizzard: March 10-11, 2009

48-Hour Snowfall Totals Ending February 3, 2016
Snowfall of March 10-11
Courtesy: National Weather Service

 

A rapidly deepening area of low pressure moved from eastern Iowa to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the day on Tuesday, March 10. A mixed bag of rain and snow fell over southern and parts of central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. Heavy snow fell over western and northern Minnesota, with blizzard conditions in the Red River Valley. These conditions forced the closure of highways, including I-94 from Jamestown, North Dakota to Fergus Falls. The highest snowfall reported was 18.8 inches at International Falls, but this includes a secondary storm that happened on March 9. Fargo picked up more unwanted precipitation with 10.1 inches of snow (.78 inches of melted precipitation) on March 9th and 10th.

As the winter storm swept into Ontario on March 11, northwest winds continued throughout the day with bitterly cold air entrenched across Minnesota. The coldest wind chill found on March 11 was -36 degrees at 7am in Bemidji. The Twin Cities had a minimum temperature of -4 on March 12. While not a record, the last time it dipped to zero or colder so late in a winter season in the Twin Cities was March 15, 1997. Embarrass and Babbitt reached -35 below zero on March 12, setting a new coldest record low for Minnesota for March 12. The old record was -34 set at Ada in 1896.

Listed below are local storm reports from the National Weather Service regarding the winter storm and blizzard of March 10-11.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
235 PM CDT THURSDAY MAR 12 2009

A NEW STATE RECORD DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS SET IN 
MINNESOTA THIS MORNING. THE PREVIOUS STATE RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE 
FOR MARCH 12TH WAS SET IN 1896 AT THE TOWN OF ADA WHICH REPORTED 
-34 DEGREES. EMBARRASS AND BABBIT BOTH REPORTED -35 DEGREES 
THIS MORNING MARCH 12, 2009. 

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAMPLE OF THE COLD TEMPERATURES
FROM ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING.

 
NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA

                                   MIN
EMBM5: EMBARRASS............COOP:   -35
BABM5: BABBIT...............COOP:   -35
XVG  : LONGVILLE............AWOS:   -33
LEIM5: ORR 3E...............COOP:   -30
FLDM5: FLOODWOOD 3W.........COOP:   -30
FOZ  : BIGFORK..............AWOS:   -29
CDD  : CRANE LAKE...........AWOS:   -29
INL  : INTERNATIONAL FALLS..ASOS:   -28
PWC  : PINE RIVER...........AWOS:   -27
HIB  : HIBBING ARPT.........ASOS:   -27
NOHM5: NORTHOME.............COOP:   -27
BRD  : BRAINERD.............ASOS:   -25
MZH  : MOOSE LAKE...........AWOS:   -24
GPZ  : GRAND RAPIDS.........AWOS:   -24
EVM  : EVELETH..............AWOS:   -24
AIT  : AITKIN...............AWOS:   -24
HCKM5: HINCKLEY.............COOP:   -24
CRLM5: CROSS LAKE DAM.......COOP:   -24
BRUM5: BRUNO................COOP:   -24
KABM5: KABETOGAMA...........COOP:   -22
GLLM5: GULL LAKE DAM........COOP:   -22
CSLM5: CASS LAKE............COOP:   -22
ORB  : ORR..................AWOS:   -20
ELO  : ELY..................AWOS:   -20
COQ  : CLOQUET..............AWOS:   -20
CKC  : GRAND MARAIS.........AWOS:   -20
GNFM5: GUNFLINT LAKE 10NW...COOP:   -20
TWM  : TWO HARBORS..........AWOS:   -18
CQM  : COOK.................AWOS:   -18
COKM5: COOK 8NE.............COOP:   -18
HZX  : MCGREGOR.............AWOS:   -17
GNA  : GRAND MARAIS MN......ASOS:   -17
BFW  : SILVER BAY...........AWOS:   -17
PKGM5: POKEGAMA DAM.........COOP:   -17
WLFM5: WOLF RIDGE ELC.......COOP:   -15
DLH  : DULUTH AIRPORT.......ASOS:   -14



PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1137 AM CDT WED MAR 11 2009

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0600 AM     SNOW             EMBARRASS               47.66N 92.20W
03/11/2009  M8.0 INCH        ST. LOUIS          MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            0.63 LIQUID EQUIVALENT.

0600 AM     SNOW             KERRICK                 46.34N 92.59W
03/11/2009  M4.6 INCH        PINE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0600 AM     SNOW             3 E ORR                 48.06N 92.76W
03/11/2009  M11.0 INCH       ST. LOUIS          MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0600 AM     SNOW             8 NE COOK               47.93N 92.57W
03/11/2009  M5.5 INCH        ST. LOUIS          MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL

0600 AM     SNOW             BUTTERNUT               46.01N 90.50W
03/11/2009  M2.0 INCH        ASHLAND            WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0600 AM     SNOW             HAYWARD                 46.01N 91.48W
03/11/2009  M3.3 INCH        SAWYER             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0600 AM     SNOW             15 N GRAND RAPIDS       47.45N 93.52W
03/11/2009  M6.1 INCH        ITASCA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL

0700 AM     SNOW             INTERNATIONAL FALLS     48.59N 93.41W
03/11/2009  M18.8 INCH       KOOCHICHING        MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            STORM TOTAL

0700 AM     SNOW             KABETOGAMA              48.44N 93.03W
03/11/2009  M16.2 INCH       ST. LOUIS          MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL

0700 AM     SNOW             DULUTH                  46.78N 92.12W
03/11/2009  M6.3 INCH        ST. LOUIS          MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            DULUTH NWS FORECAST OFFICE...24-HOUR TOTAL.

0700 AM     SNOW             BAYFIELD                46.81N 90.82W
03/11/2009  M7.8 INCH        BAYFIELD           WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0715 AM     SNOW             MAPLE                   46.59N 91.72W
03/11/2009  M6.3 INCH        DOUGLAS            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0715 AM     SNOW             COTTON                  47.17N 92.47W
03/11/2009  M7.0 INCH        ST. LOUIS          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             MOOSE LAKE              46.45N 92.77W
03/11/2009  M5.0 INCH        CARLTON            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             LOON LAKE               48.08N 90.69W
03/11/2009  M8.3 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             WASHBURN                46.67N 90.89W
03/11/2009  M4.3 INCH        BAYFIELD           WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             BRAINERD                46.35N 94.19W
03/11/2009  M6.5 INCH        CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             HERTEL                  45.81N 92.18W
03/11/2009  M3.0 INCH        BURNETT            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             LUTSEN                  47.64N 90.71W
03/11/2009  M8.5 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             5 NE ASKOV              46.24N 92.71W
03/11/2009  E6.2 INCH        PINE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             OULU                    46.63N 91.53W
03/11/2009  M6.6 INCH        BAYFIELD           WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0730 AM     SNOW             12 N ISLE               46.32N 93.46W
03/11/2009  M4.8 INCH        AITKIN             MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0730 AM     SNOW             6 NE CLOVERLAND         46.74N 91.60W
03/11/2009  M7.0 INCH        DOUGLAS            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             4 W CLAM LAKE           45.79N 92.41W
03/11/2009  M1.5 INCH        BURNETT            WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             GORDON                  46.25N 91.80W
03/11/2009  M2.5 INCH        DOUGLAS            WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             SAXON                   46.49N 90.42W
03/11/2009  M4.0 INCH        IRON               WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             5 NW WASHBURN           46.72N 90.97W
03/11/2009  M5.3 INCH        BAYFIELD           WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             GRAND PORTAGE           47.96N 89.68W
03/11/2009  M11.0 INCH       COOK               MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             REMER                   47.06N 93.91W
03/11/2009  M8.0 INCH        CASS               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             LEECH LAKE              47.16N 94.41W
03/11/2009  M5.3 INCH        CASS               MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             2 SSW STURGEON LAKE     46.35N 92.77W
03/11/2009  M5.0 INCH        PINE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             1 SW TOFTE              47.55N 90.90W
03/11/2009  M9.0 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             6 NW GRAND MARAIS       47.82N 90.41W
03/11/2009  M9.0 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             NORTHOME                47.87N 94.27W
03/11/2009  M10.8 INCH       KOOCHICHING        MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL

0800 AM     SNOW             DIXON LAKE              47.60N 94.29W
03/11/2009  M14.0 INCH       ITASCA             MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             2 ENE HOVLAND           47.85N 89.93W
03/11/2009  M8.0 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             8 S BIGFORK             47.63N 93.65W
03/11/2009  M8.8 INCH        ITASCA             MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL

0800 AM     SNOW             FEDERAL DAM             47.24N 94.22W
03/11/2009  M7.3 INCH        CASS               MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL

0800 AM     SNOW             LITTLE MARAIS           47.41N 91.11W
03/11/2009  M6.0 INCH        LAKE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             MARCELL                 47.59N 93.69W
03/11/2009  M6.2 INCH        ITASCA             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             NNW KNIFE RIVER         46.95N 91.78W
03/11/2009  M3.5 INCH        LAKE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             ENE GRAND MARAIS        47.76N 90.34W
03/11/2009  M5.0 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             CROSSLAKE               46.68N 94.09W
03/11/2009  M6.0 INCH        CROW WING          MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             LITTLEFORK              48.40N 93.56W
03/11/2009  M15.7 INCH       KOOCHICHING        MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

            STORM TOTAL

0800 AM     SNOW             3 E ORR                 48.06N 92.76W
03/11/2009  M11.0 INCH       ST. LOUIS          MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             HURLEY                  46.44N 90.20W
03/11/2009  M3.0 INCH        IRON               WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             PARK FALLS              45.93N 90.45W
03/11/2009  M2.5 INCH        PRICE              WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             GURNEY                  46.47N 90.51W
03/11/2009  M4.5 INCH        IRON               WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             NORTHOME                47.87N 94.27W
03/11/2009  M5.9 INCH        KOOCHICHING        MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             SAGINAW                 46.86N 92.44W
03/11/2009  M6.0 INCH        ST. LOUIS          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 AM     SNOW             BENNETT                 46.45N 91.85W
03/11/2009  M4.5 INCH        DOUGLAS            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0830 AM     SNOW             3 NE NISSWA             46.53N 94.25W
03/11/2009  M5.5 INCH        CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0830 AM     SNOW             6 SW TWO HARBORS        46.97N 91.77W
03/11/2009  M5.0 INCH        LAKE               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0900 AM     SNOW             15 NW GRAND MARAIS      47.91N 90.57W
03/11/2009  M9.5 INCH        COOK               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0900 AM     SNOW             PEQUOT LAKES            46.60N 94.32W
03/11/2009  M6.5 INCH        CROW WING          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0900 AM     SNOW             CULVER                  46.93N 92.56W
03/11/2009  M5.0 INCH        ST. LOUIS          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

1000 AM     SNOW             7 NW BENNETT            46.52N 91.95W
03/11/2009  M4.5 INCH        DOUGLAS            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

1015 AM     SNOW             TRADE LAKE              45.69N 92.59W
03/11/2009  M4.0 INCH        BURNETT            WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

1015 AM     SNOW             CLOQUET                 46.73N 92.49W
03/11/2009  M4.0 INCH        CARLTON            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER



PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1204 PM CDT WED MAR 11 2009

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM MARCH 10TH WINTER STORM...

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH
LOCATION.


SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
 10.50   MILLERVILLE              MN  DOUGLAS          0607 PM
  8.00   CARLOS                   MN  DOUGLAS          0854 AM
  8.00   ALEXANDRIA               MN  DOUGLAS          0415 PM
  7.00   LITTLE FALLS             MN  MORRISON         0648 AM
  6.50   HEWITT                   MN  TODD             0728 AM
  6.50   LONG PRAIRIE             MN  TODD             0614 AM
  6.00   2 N SAUK CENTRE          MN  STEARNS          0520 PM
  5.50   1 NNW COLD SPRING        MN  STEARNS          0800 AM
  5.10   DONNELLY                 MN  STEVENS          0410 PM
  5.00   MELROSE                  MN  STEARNS          0800 AM
  4.80   ST CLOUD SCSU            MN  STEARNS          0800 AM
  4.50   SAUK RAPIDS              MN  BENTON           0758 AM
  4.00   MORA                     MN  KANABEC          0915 AM
  4.00   2 NW GILMAN              MN  BENTON           0855 AM
  4.00   WILLMAR                  MN  KANDIYOHI        0800 AM
  4.00   3 N KIMBALL              MN  STEARNS          0800 AM
  4.00   ST CLOUD AIRPORT         MN  STEARNS          0132 AM
  4.00   MADISON                  MN  LAC QUI PARLE    0520 PM
  4.00   ATWATER                  MN  KANDIYOHI        0415 PM
  3.60   RICE                     MN  BENTON           0800 AM
  3.50   MURDOCK                  MN  SWIFT            0812 PM
  3.50   LITCHFIELD               MN  MEEKER           0647 PM
  3.40   7 S HILLMAN              MN  MORRISON         0713 AM
  3.20   1 N HUTCHINSON           MN  MCLEOD           1130 AM
  3.00   MILACA                   MN  MILLE LACS       0800 AM
  3.00   2 SW DUNNELL             MN  MARTIN           0800 AM
  3.00   ELK RIVER                MN  SHERBURNE        0800 AM
  3.00   CAMBRIDGE                MN  ISANTI           0609 AM
  3.00   3 NNE RUSH CITY          MN  CHISAGO          1036 PM
  3.00   2 W FOLEY                MN  BENTON           0520 PM
  3.00   ANNANDALE                MN  WRIGHT           0420 PM
  3.00   OLIVIA                   MN  RENVILLE         0410 PM
  2.90   DASSEL                   MN  MEEKER           0800 AM
  2.50   PRIOR LAKE               MN  SCOTT            0938 AM
  2.50   BROWNTON                 MN  MCLEOD           0909 AM
  2.50   REDWOOD FALLS            MN  REDWOOD          0609 AM
  2.50   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0900 PM
  2.50   4 SSE SILVER CREEK       MN  WRIGHT           0520 PM
  2.30   BUFFALO                  MN  WRIGHT           0800 AM
  2.20   HAMBURG                  MN  CARVER           0800 AM
  2.20   WACONIA                  MN  CARVER           1030 PM
  2.00   MORGAN                   MN  REDWOOD          0800 AM
  2.00   SPRINGFIELD              MN  BROWN            0520 PM
  1.90   ONAMIA                   MN  MILLE LACS       0800 AM
  1.80   CHASKA                   MN  CARVER           0706 AM
  1.70   1 WNW NEW BRIGHTON       MN  RAMSEY           0800 AM
  1.50   1 SE HENDERSON           MN  LE SUEUR         0800 AM
  1.50   FOREST LAKE              MN  WASHINGTON       0800 AM
  1.50   ANDOVER                  MN  ANOKA            0712 AM
  1.50   CLAYTON                  WI  POLK             1126 PM
  1.40   CHANHASSEN NWS           MN  CARVER           1141 PM
  1.00   WASECA                   MN  WASECA           0800 AM
  1.00   5 NE NORTH BRANCH        MN  CHISAGO          0800 AM
  1.00   CUMBERLAND               WI  BARRON           0800 AM
  1.00   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0800 AM
  1.00   3 SE LAKE ELMO           MN  WASHINGTON       0800 AM
  1.00   3 W LADYSMITH            WI  RUSK             0800 AM
  1.00   MINNEAPOLIS AIRPORT      MN  HENNEPIN         0132 AM
  1.00   NORTH ST PAUL            MN  RAMSEY           0841 PM
  1.00   FAIRMONT                 MN  MARTIN           0800 PM
  0.90   MAPLEWOOD                MN  RAMSEY           0800 AM
  0.90   1 S RICE LAKE            WI  BARRON           0706 AM
  0.90   9 N BRUCE                WI  RUSK             1050 PM
  0.70   1 SSW LONSDALE           MN  RICE             0800 AM
  0.70   ST PAUL COMO PARK        MN  RAMSEY           1141 P
  0.60   FARIBAULT                MN  RICE             0800 AM
  0.50   WINNEBAGO                MN  FARIBAULT        0800 AM
  0.50   LAKELAND                 MN  WASHINGTON       0800 AM
  0.50   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0800 AM
  0.40   ROBERTS                  WI  ST. CROIX        0800 AM
  0.30   STANLEY                  WI  CHIPPEWA         0800 AM
  0.30   3 SW EAU CLAIRE          WI  EAU CLAIRE       0800 AM
  0.20   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       1115 PM



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