Heavy Snow in Eastern Minnesota - November 13-14, 2010

Winter got an early start for eastern Minnesota, with one of the earliest snowstorms in recent years.

A classic winter storm hit eastern Minnesota on November 13th and tapered off in northeast Minnesota on the 14th. This storm left a blanket of snow in a band about a 100 miles wide from western Iowa, though south central Minnesota and the Twin Cities and north to the Minnesota Arrowhead. The highest total reported in Minnesota was 12 inches near Maple Grove in Hennepin County. The National Weather Service Office in Duluth saw 10.6 inches. The Twin Cities International Airport had 8.0 inches from the storm with 7.7 inches falling on November 13. This was the largest snowfall for a calendar day for November in the Twin Cities since 12.6 inches fell with the Post-Thanksgiving Snowstorm of November 29, 1991.

The heavy wet snow stuck to power lines and trees and the heavy weight of the snow caused large tree branches to snap and fall, causing power outages. At one time 70,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power on Saturday, November 13. All but just a few hundred had power restored by the evening of the 15th. Thunder was reported with the snow too during the morning hours of the 13th, with visibilities down to a 1/4 mile in heavy snow at the Twin Cities International Airport.

Just as notable was the amount of precipitation that fell with this storm. Much of eastern Minnesota saw around an inch of liquid precipitation, with places in southeastern Minnesota seeing 1.5 to 2 inches of precipitation. In essence, about a month's worth of November precipitation fell with this storm over southeastern Minnesota. The highest two day precipitation found was near Elgin in Olmsted County with 2.62 inches.

 

National Weather Service Storm Summaries


Listed below are Public Information Statements and Storm Summaries from the National Weather Service.



PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
110 AM CST MON NOV 15 2010

...SNOWFALL REPORTS FROM THE NOVEMBER 13TH WINTER STORM...

LOW PRESSURE DEEPENED AS IT MOVED FROM CENTRAL IOWA EARLY ON THE
13TH TO NORTHERN WISCONSIN BY EARLY ON THE 14TH. THIS FAVORED
WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN. 
ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURES WERE COLD ENOUGH FOR THIS TO BE SNOWFALL 
ACROSS MUCH OF MINNESOTA...AND WAS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT 
ACCUMULATION OF THE SEASON FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA 
AND NORTHWEST WISCONSIN.

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

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
12.00   3 WSW MAPLE GROVE        MN  HENNEPIN         1111 PM
11.00   WINNEBAGO                MN  FARIBAULT        0700 AM
11.00   EDEN PRAIRIE             MN  HENNEPIN         1030 AM
11.00   1 SSW WYOMING            MN  CHISAGO          0400 PM
10.70   RUSH CITY                MN  CHISAGO          0231 PM
10.40   WSW LONG LAKE            MN  HENNEPIN         0600 AM
10.40   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0600 AM
10.10   NEW HOPE                 MN  HENNEPIN         0102 PM
10.00   3 N FOREST LAKE          MN  CHISAGO          0104 PM
10.00   SW BURNSVILLE            MN  DAKOTA           0216 PM
10.00   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0951 AM
10.00   MONTGOMERY               MN  LE SUEUR         1130 AM
10.00   AMBOY                    MN  BLUE EARTH       0930 AM
 9.60   HUTCHINSON               MN  MCLEOD           0700 AM
 9.50   NORTH BRANCH             MN  CHISAGO          0819 AM
 9.50   VADNAIS HEIGHTS          MN  RAMSEY           0708 PM
 9.50   NEW MARKET               MN  SCOTT            0258 PM
 9.20   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0600 AM
 9.20   ST LOUIS PARK            MN  HENNEPIN         0703 PM
 9.20   NORTH BRANCH             MN  CHISAGO          0703 PM
 9.10   WACONIA                  MN  CARVER           0700 AM
 9.00   1 NE MINNESOTA LAKE      MN  BLUE EARTH       0953 PM
 9.00   3 NNW MINNEAPOLIS        MN  HENNEPIN         1243 PM
 9.00   CHISAGO CITY             MN  CHISAGO          0301 PM
 8.60   1 W CARVER               MN  CARVER           0600 AM
 8.60   MADELIA                  MN  WATONWAN         1025 AM
 8.50   1 SE CHASKA              MN  CARVER           0148 PM
 8.50   EDINA                    MN  HENNEPIN         0505 PM
 8.40   1 SE HENDERSON           MN  LE SUEUR         0600 AM
 8.30   5 SE ELK RIVER           MN  ANOKA            0148 PM
 8.20   INVER GROVE HEIGHTS      MN  DAKOTA           0715 PM
 8.00   MINNEAPOLIS              MN  HENNEPIN         1200 PM
                MEASURED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL
                INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
 8.00   SHAKOPEE                 MN  SCOTT            0703 PM
 7.70   3 NW AFTON               MN  WASHINGTON       0726 AM
 7.70   4 NE WOODBURY            MN  WASHINGTON       0600 AM
 7.30   3 SE LAKE ELMO           MN  WASHINGTON       0800 AM
 7.20   ROCKFORD                 MN  HENNEPIN         0700 AM
 7.00   HAMBURG                  MN  CARVER           0800 AM
 6.70   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0703 PM
 6.50   6 NW RICE LAKE           WI  BARRON           1024 AM
 6.50   FARMINGTON               MN  DAKOTA           0700 AM
 5.50   3 N QUAMBA               MN  KANABEC          0712 AM
 5.00   1 E CUMBERLAND           WI  BARRON           0205 PM
 5.00   CANNON FALLS             MN  GOODHUE          0700 AM
 5.00   1 SSW RIVER FALLS        WI  PIERCE           0600 AM
 4.80   ROBERTS                  WI  ST. CROIX        0800 AM
 4.00   BALDWIN                  WI  ST. CROIX        0700 AM
 4.00   ZUMBROTA                 MN  GOODHUE          0700 AM
 3.00   STILLWATER               MN  WASHINGTON       0712 AM
 3.00   REDWOOD FALLS            MN  REDWOOD          0700 AM
 3.00   2 SE CHETEK              WI  BARRON           0600 AM
 3.00   7 S HILLMAN              MN  MORRISON         1111 PM
 2.90   MILACA                   MN  MILLE LACS       0700 AM
 2.50   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0813 AM
 2.50   OWATONNA                 MN  STEELE           0700 AM
 2.30   3 WNW LADYSMITH          WI  RUSK             0600 AM
 2.10   SPRING VALLEY            WI  PIERCE           0800 AM
 2.00   RICE                     MN  BENTON           0700 AM
 2.00   JIM FALLS                WI  CHIPPEWA         0600 AM
 2.00   2 NNW SPRINGFIELD        MN  BROWN            0600 AM
 1.10   ELK MOUND                WI  DUNN             0700 AM
 1.10   N WILLMAR                MN  KANDIYOHI        0700 AM
 0.90   ST CLOUD                 MN  STEARNS          1201 AM



PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
421 PM CST SUN NOV 14 2010

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
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
 11.00   7 NW DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        1045 AM
                 RICE LAKE TOWNSHIP. MANY TREES BENT OVER TO
                 NEAR BREAKING FROM THE WEIGHT OF SNOW. 2.8
                 INCHES OF SNOW OVERNIGHT AND THIS MORNING.
 11.00   HAWTHORNE                WI  DOUGLAS          0830 AM
 10.90   4 S BRUNO                MN  PINE             0800 AM
                 2.0 ADDITIONAL INCHES SINCE 11 PM LAST NIGHT.
                 SNOW HAS COMPACTED TO A DEPTH OF 8 INCHES.
 10.60   5 NW DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        1000 AM
                 0.3 INCHES IN THE PAST HOUR AT THE NWS OFFICE
                 AT THE DULUTH AIRPORT.
 10.50   MAPLE                    WI  DOUGLAS          0900 AM
  8.40   2 E ESKO                 MN  CARLTON          0900 AM
                 3 INCHES FELL OVERNIGHT. CORRECTED LOCATION.
  8.20   HOLYOKE                  MN  CARLTON          0930 AM
                 SNOW FELL FROM ABOUT 645 AM NOV 13 TO 8 AM
                 NOV 14.
  8.00   CLOQUET                  MN  CARLTON          0207 PM
  8.00   OULU                     WI  BAYFIELD         1100 AM
  8.00   SOUTH RANGE              WI  DOUGLAS          0830 AM
  7.80   2 E PAYNE                MN  ST. LOUIS        0817 AM
                 MEASURED AT NICHOLS LAKE.
  7.60   DANBURY                  WI  BURNETT          0721 AM
                 1.47 INCHES OF LIQUID.
  7.50   4 E ISLAND LAKE          MN  ST. LOUIS        0900 AM
  7.50   3 WNW CLOQUET            MN  CARLTON          0836 AM
  7.50   4 SW SAWYER              MN  CARLTON          0818 AM
                 1.75 INCHES SINCE MIDNIGHT AND 0.86 INCHES OF
                 LIQUID PRECIPITATION. SNOW HAS ENDED.
  7.20   2 W BAYFIELD             WI  BAYFIELD         0729 AM
  7.00   2 N MELLEN               WI  ASHLAND          0345 PM
                 MEASURED STORM SNOWFALL TOTAL.
  7.00   11 NE GRAND MARAIS       MN  COOK             0130 PM
  7.00   3 NNW ILLGEN CITY        MN  LAKE             0950 AM
                 AT WOLF RIDGE ELC
  7.00   4 W CLAM LAKE            WI  BAYFIELD         0700 AM
                 0.98 INCHES OF LIQUID. CORRECTED FOR STORM
                 TOTAL VALUES.
  6.90   CHISHOLM                 MN  ST. LOUIS        0800 AM
                 SNOW HAS COMPACTED TO A DEPTH OF 4.5 INCHES
  6.60   SARONA                   WI  WASHBURN         1228 PM
                 5 INCH SNOW DEPTH.
  6.50   5 NNE GRAND MARAIS       MN  COOK             0335 PM
                 MEASURED 5 MILES UP THE GUNFLINT TRAIL FROM
                 GRAND MARAIS. SNOW IS COMING TO AN END.
  6.50   SAGINAW                  MN  ST. LOUIS        1110 AM
  6.50   4 N GRANTSBURG           WI  BURNETT          0930 AM
                 LOTS OF TREE BRANCHES DOWN FROM WEIGHT OF
                 SNOW.
  6.20   8 S HAYWARD              WI  SAWYER           1005 AM
  6.00   CORNUCOPIA               WI  BAYFIELD         1110 AM
  5.80   LUTSEN                   MN  COOK             0237 PM
                 ANOTHER 3 INCHES OF SNOW SINCE ORIGINAL
                 REPORT AROUND 715 AM.
  5.80   6 W TWO HARBORS          MN  ST. LOUIS        0700 AM
                 ANOTHER 0.5 INCHES OVERNIGHT.
  5.30   2 WSW HAYWARD            WI  SAWYER           0713 AM
  5.00   GILE                     WI  IRON             0700 AM
  4.90   3 WSW HINCKLEY           MN  PINE             0630 AM
  4.80   2 S TOWER                MN  ST. LOUIS        0730 AM
  4.80   ELY                      MN  ST. LOUIS        0700 AM
                 STARTED YESTERDAY AROUND 930AM.
  4.70   WRENSHALL                MN  CARLTON          0950 AM
  4.00   20 N TOFTE               MN  COOK             0120 PM
  4.00   COTTON                   MN  ST. LOUIS        1210 PM
  3.60   NASHWAUK                 MN  ITASCA           0700 AM
  3.50   3 SW SNOWBANK LAKE       MN  LAKE             0126 PM
  3.50   6 SE GUNFLINT LAKE       MN  COOK             0846 AM
                 MEASURED AT POPLAR LAKE ALONG THE GUNFLINT
                 TRAIL.
  3.50   12 N ISLE                MN  AITKIN           0800 AM
  3.00   5 S HERBSTER             WI  BAYFIELD         1100 AM
  2.50   5 SE GRAND RAPIDS        MN  ITASCA           1000 AM
                 0.18 INCHES OF LIQUID.
  2.50   SILVER BAY               MN  LAKE             0800 AM
  2.50   GRAND RAPIDS             MN  ITASCA           0700 AM
  2.30   LITTLEFORK               MN  KOOCHICHING      0800 AM
  2.20   GURNEY                   WI  IRON             0700 AM
                 1.25 INCHES OF LIQUID.
  2.00   5 S HERBSTER             WI  BAYFIELD         0727 AM
                 0.5 INCHES OVERNIGHT.
  2.00   BOWSTRING                MN  ITASCA           0702 AM
  2.00   BREEZY POINT             MN  CROW WING        0700 AM
  1.80   7 NW BRAINERD            MN  CROW WING        0700 AM
  1.70   INTERNATIONAL FALLS      MN  KOOCHICHING      1250 PM
                 0.1 INCHES IN THE LAST 6 HOURS
  1.50   3 N BRAINERD             MN  CROW WING        0900 AM
  1.50   KABETOGAMA               MN  ST. LOUIS        0700 AM
  1.10   MADELINE ISLAND          WI  ASHLAND          0735 AM
  1.00   7 ESE SUPERIOR           WI  DOUGLAS          1000 AM
                 ALONG THE AMNICON RIVER NORTH OF HWY 13
  0.50   3 NE NISSWA              MN  CROW WING        0818 AM
  0.40   WEST DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        0151 PM
  0.20   9 N BAYFIELD             WI  BAYFIELD         0700 AM
                 0.71 INCHES OF LIQUID. MOSTLY RAIN...MIXED
                 WITH SNOW.
  0.00   SUPERIOR                 WI  DOUGLAS          0830 AM
                 TRACE OF SNOW IN SUPERIOR. RAIN MIXING IN HAS
                 LIMITED ACCUMULATIONS.


 

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