Present Climate Conditions


From Rain to Blizzard: January 23-25, 2010

An evolving storm system area brought sloppy weather across Minnesota from January 23-25, 2010. Rain, at times mixed with snow fell over much of central and southern Minnesota on Saturday, January 23rd. St. Cloud set a daily precipitation record on January 23rd of .50 inches, breaking the old record of .27 inches set in 1949.

Northern Minnesota saw more snow than rain that continued right through Monday, January 25th. Windswept snow then spread southward across the state on January 25, prompting blizzard warnings from the Red River Valley to Albert Lea. I-90 was closed from I-35 to the South Dakota border from late in the day of the 25th to the morning of the 26th. In addition, Highway 71 was closed from Willmar to the Iowa boarder due to white out conditions on January 25th. The blizzard conditions were caused by a strengthening area of low pressure over Lake Superior. Wind gusts to 58mph were reported at Morris at 10am, with visibilities of 1/4 mile or less. The heaviest snow fell over northern Minnesota with the highest total reported of 19 inches 20 WNW of Grand Marais. Duluth saw 9.9 inches of snow, Embarrass saw 8 inches of snow and International Falls reported 7.7 inches of snow. Through noon, the Twin Cities International Airport reported .7 (seven-tenths) of an inch.

National Weather Service Storm Event Summaries and Maps:

Below are Public Information Statements from the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1120 AM CST MON JAN 25 2010


THE FOLLOWING ARE SNOWFALL TOTALS RECEIVED SO FAR FOR THE ONGOING
WINTER STORM. THESE AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY NOT THE FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH
LOCATION.

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
 19.00   20 WNW GRAND MARAIS      MN  COOK             0900 AM
 14.00   ADOLPH                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
 14.00   6 E PATZAU               WI  DOUGLAS          0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL 6 IN PAST 24HRS
  9.90   ELY                      MN  ST. LOUIS        0900 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  9.90   DULUTH                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0600 AM
                 1 INCH SINCE MIDNIGHT. SNOW TOTAL SINCE
                 SATURDAY.
  8.80   4 SE FINLAND             MN  LAKE             0700 AM
  8.50   15 N LUTSEN              MN  COOK             0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  8.50   OULU                     WI  BAYFIELD         0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  8.00   EMBARRASS                MN  ST. LOUIS        0600 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  7.70   INTERNATIONAL FALLS      MN  KOOCHICHING      0643 AM
                 TOTAL SINCE SATURDAY. 1.7 INCHES SINCE
                 MIDNIGHT.
  7.30   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0600 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  7.30   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0549 AM
                 3.6 INCHES SINCE 8 PM LAST NIGHT. LIGHT SNOW
                 NOW.
  6.50   MAPLE                    WI  DOUGLAS          0800 AM
  6.00   CULVER                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0650 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  6.00   COTTON                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0631 AM
                 2.5 INCHES SINCE 10 PM...6 INCH TOTAL.
  5.00   KABETOGAMA               MN  ST. LOUIS        0700 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  4.80   SILVER BAY               MN  LAKE             0700 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  4.10   5 NW WASHBURN            WI  BAYFIELD         0702 AM
                 0.70 INCHES SINCE 7 PM.
  4.00   UPSON                    WI  IRON             0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  4.00   4 W CLAM LAKE            WI  BURNETT          0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  3.10   BRUNO                    MN  PINE             0700 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  3.00   3 W BUTTERNUT            WI  ASHLAND          0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  3.00   FLOODWOOD                MN  ST. LOUIS        0700 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  2.80   MADELINE ISLAND          WI  ASHLAND          0800 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  2.60   3 S NORTHOME             MN  ITASCA           0700 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  2.30   4 NE ASKOV               MN  PINE             0700 AM
                 TWO DAY TOTAL
  1.50   NISSWA                   MN  CROW WING        0700 AM
  1.30   3 N BRAINERD             MN  CROW WING        0559 AM
                 SNOW SINCE LAST EVENING. STILL SNOWING.
  1.10   ILLGEN CITY              MN  LAKE             0800 AM
  1.00   GRANTSBURG               WI  BURNETT          0800 AM
  1.00   1 NW LUTSEN              MN  COOK             0700 AM
  0.80   12 N ISLE                MN  AITKIN           0800 AM



PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
120 PM CST MON JAN 25 2010

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

0700 AM     SNOW             LITTLE FALLS            45.98N 94.36W
01/25/2010  M1.0 INCH        MORRISON           MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM     SNOW             LONG PRAIRIE            45.98N 94.86W
01/25/2010  M1.3 INCH        TODD               MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM     SNOW             JIM FALLS               45.05N 91.27W
01/25/2010  M1.4 INCH        CHIPPEWA           WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             HOLCOMBE                45.22N 91.12W
01/25/2010  M2.0 INCH        CHIPPEWA           WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM     SNOW             BLOOMER                 45.10N 91.49W
01/25/2010  M1.0 INCH        CHIPPEWA           WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0858 AM     SNOW             MELROSE                 45.68N 94.81W
01/25/2010  M1.0 INCH        STEARNS            MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0858 AM     SNOW             CARLOS                  45.97N 95.29W
01/25/2010  M2.0 INCH        DOUGLAS            MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

0858 AM     SNOW             STANLEY                 44.96N 90.94W
01/25/2010  M1.0 INCH        CHIPPEWA           WI   CO-OP OBSERVER

0956 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST MORRIS                  45.59N 95.91W
01/25/2010  M58.00 MPH       STEVENS            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

1048 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG E BERTHA                46.27N 95.06W
01/25/2010                   TODD               MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            FRONT AWNING BLOWN DOWN AT GAS STATION.

0110 PM     SNOW             MINNEAPOLIS             44.96N 93.27W
01/25/2010  M0.7 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            TAKEN AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

0110 PM     SNOW             ST CLOUD                45.55N 94.17W
01/25/2010  M0.3 INCH        STEARNS            MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            TAKEN AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PRISON.

0110 PM     SNOW             CHANHASSEN              44.86N 93.56W
01/25/2010  M0.7 INCH        CARVER             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TAKEN AT THE NWS FORECAST OFFICE.


&&

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW...AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES...THEN BY AMOUNT...AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.


SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  2.00   CARLOS                   MN  DOUGLAS          0858 AM
  2.00   HOLCOMBE                 WI  CHIPPEWA         0800 AM
  1.40   JIM FALLS                WI  CHIPPEWA         0700 AM
  1.30   LONG PRAIRIE             MN  TODD             0700 AM
  1.00   STANLEY                  WI  CHIPPEWA         0858 AM
  1.00   MELROSE                  MN  STEARNS          0858 AM
  1.00   BLOOMER                  WI  CHIPPEWA         0800 AM
  1.00   LITTLE FALLS             MN  MORRISON         0700 AM
  0.70   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0110 PM
                 TAKEN AT THE NWS FORECAST OFFICE.
  0.70   MINNEAPOLIS              MN  HENNEPIN         0110 PM
                 TAKEN AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL
                 AIRPORT.
  0.30   ST CLOUD                 MN  STEARNS          0110 PM
                 TAKEN AT THE MEDIUM SECURITY PRISON.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1207 PM CST MON JAN 25 2010

...STRONGEST WIND GUSTS FROM MONDAY MORNING...

AS A DEEP LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BOTTOMED OUT MONDAY MORNING OVER
LAKE SUPERIOR...STRONG NORTH NORTHWEST WINDS PREVAILED ACROSS MUCH
OF THE UPPER MIDWEST.

BELOW IS A LISTING OF THE MAXIMUM WIND GUSTS OBSERVED AT AREA
SITES. NOTE THAT MOST OF THESE READINGS ARE FROM 20 MINUTE
INCREMENT OBSERVATIONS AND HIGHER WIND GUSTS MAY HAVE OCCURRED
BETWEEN THESE OBSERVATIONS.

SITE              WIND GUST          HOUR
-----------------------------------------
ALBERT LEA          35 MPH          11 AM
ALEXANDRIA          40 MPH          11 AM
APPLETON            46 MPH           8 AM
BENSON              48 MPH          11 AM
CANBY               42 MPH          11 AM
CLARA CITY          49 MPH          12 PM
EDEN PRAIRIE        33 MPH           9 AM
FAIRMONT            44 MPH          11 AM
FARIBAULT           33 MPH           8 AM
GLENCOE             35 MPH           4 AM
GLENWOOD            43 MPH           8 AM
GRANITE FALLS       43 MPH          11 AM
HANLEY FALLS        50 MPH          12 PM
HUTCHINSON          38 MPH           7 AM
LAKEVILLE           36 MPH           7 AM
LITCHFIELD          39 MPH           9 AM
LITTLE FALLS        30 MPH           2 AM
LONG PRAIRIE        40 MPH           6 AM
MANKATO             43 MPH          12 PM
MARIETTA            48 MPH          12 PM
MAPLE LAKE          31 MPH           5 AM
MINNEAPOLIS         37 MPH           2 AM
MONTEVIDEO          45 MPH           9 AM
MORRIS              58 MPH          10 AM
NEW ULM             46 MPH          12 PM
OLIVIA              49 MPH          12 PM
OWATONNA            35 MPH           6 AM
PRINCETON           31 MPH           6 AM
REDWOOD FALLS       47 MPH           8 AM
SAUK RAPIDS         36 MPH           8 AM
ST CLOUD            33 MPH           3 AM
ST JAMES            45 MPH          10 AM
STANTON             35 MPH           6 AM
STAPLES             33 MPH           5 AM
TRACY               44 MPH          12 PM
WASECA              47 MPH           7 AM
WILLMAR             45 MPH          11 AM
WINTHROP            49 MPH          12 PM


THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FIVE SITES WITH THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS.

    SITE              WIND GUST          HOUR
---------------------------------------------
1.  MORRIS              58 MPH          10 AM
2.  HANLEY FALLS        50 MPH          12 PM
3.  CLARA CITY          49 MPH          12 PM
3T. OLIVIA              49 MPH          12 PM
3T. WINTHROP            49 MPH          12 PM


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