April Snow - April 15-16, 2011

The long winter of 2010-2011 does not give up yet as another snowstorm dumps snow across parts of Minnesota.

Spring took a couple steps back from the balmy conditions experienced during the first 13 days of the month. A winter storm dumped more snow across much of northern and central Minnesota. Amounts were generally on the light side over central and southern Minnesota with some exceptions. Farmington in Dakota County picked up 4.5 inches. Amounts were heavier over northern Minnesota with 8 inches reported at Chisholm and 5.8 inches at International Falls.

The strong low pressure system was centered over Kansas during the wee hours of the morning on April 15. By Friday evening the low was over eastern Iowa and north west Illinois. The low strengthened as it moved to the Northeast and by Saturday evening is was over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The freshly fallen snow provided good viewing of lakes that still had ice cover on Sunday April 17.

There were also some strong east winds with this storm system on April 15th with wind gusts as high as 51 mph near the lift bridge in Duluth. The Twin Cities International Airport measured a peak wind of 45 mph on the 15th.

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
216 PM CDT SAT APR 16 2011

...SNOWFALL REPORTS FOR APRIL 15-16TH...

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  4.50   1 SSW RIVER FALLS        WI  PIERCE           0854 AM
  4.50   1 W FARMINGTON           MN  DAKOTA           0503 AM
  3.50   3 ENE MONTGOMERY         MN  RICE             0848 AM
  3.50   LONSDALE                 MN  RICE             0800 AM
  3.40   1 NW PRESCOTT            MN  WASHINGTON       0854 AM
  3.30   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0122 AM
  3.00   BALDWIN                  WI  ST. CROIX        0848 AM
  3.00   CLAYTON                  WI  POLK             0847 AM
  2.90   HAMBURG                  MN  CARVER           0818 AM
  2.50   ROBERTS                  WI  ST. CROIX        0818 AM
  2.40   1 ENE INVER GROVE HEIGH  MN  DAKOTA           0848 AM
  2.00   3 SSW BURNSVILLE         MN  DAKOTA           0811 AM
  1.80   TURTLE LAKE              WI  BARRON           0214 AM
  1.70   1 NNW NORTH ST PAUL      MN  RAMSEY           0848 AM
  1.60   1 E INVER GROVE HEIGHTS  MN  DAKOTA           0901 AM
  1.50   RICE LAKE                WI  BARRON           1039 AM
  1.50   BROWNTON                 MN  MCLEOD           1030 AM
  1.50   30 SE MAPLEWOOD          WI  PIERCE           0848 AM
  1.50   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0818 AM
  1.50   DUNDAS                   MN  RICE             1210 AM
  1.30   MILROY                   MN  REDWOOD          0800 AM
  1.20   4 E ST FRANCIS           MN  ANOKA            0848 AM
  1.20   CHASKA                   MN  CARVER           0700 AM
  1.00   CARLOS                   MN  DOUGLAS          1120 AM
  1.00   VESTA                    MN  REDWOOD          1106 AM
  1.00   2 SE CHETEK              WI  BARRON           0854 AM
  1.00   LITTLE CANADA            MN  RAMSEY           0848 AM
  1.00   LONG LAKE                MN  HENNEPIN         0848 AM
  1.00   1 ENE ST MICHAEL         MN  WRIGHT           0848 AM
  1.00   MELROSE                  MN  STEARNS          0833 AM
  1.00   LITTLE FALLS             MN  MORRISON         0700 AM
  1.00   REDWOOD FALLS            MN  REDWOOD          0700 AM
  1.00   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0700 AM
  1.00   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0659 AM
  1.00   1 N PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0615 AM
  1.00   ST PAUL                  MN  RAMSEY           0220 AM
  1.00   ROBERTS                  WI  ST. CROIX        0210 AM
  1.00   HUDSON                   WI  ST. CROIX        0210 AM
  1.00   CANNON FALLS             MN  GOODHUE          0200 AM
  1.00   WASECA                   MN  WASECA           1210 AM
  0.90   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0659 AM
  0.80   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0901 AM
  0.70   RICE                     MN  BENTON           0700 AM
  0.60   MINNEAPOLIS MSP AIRPORT  MN  HENNEPIN         0659 AM
  0.60   GOODHUE                  MN  GOODHUE          0200 AM
  0.50   KIMBALL                  MN  STEARNS          0700 AM
  0.50   BARRON                   WI  BARRON           0210 AM
  0.50   WANAMINGO                MN  GOODHUE          0200 AM
  0.50   RIVER FALLS              WI  PIERCE           0200 AM
  0.40   GREEN ISLE               MN  SIBLEY           0908 AM
  0.40   ELK MOUND                WI  DUNN             0833 AM
  0.20   ST CLOUD                 MN  STEARNS          0659 AM

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1120 PM CDT SAT APR 16 2011

...SNOWFALL REPORTS FROM THE APRIL 15-16 2011 WINTER STORM...

A LATE SEASON WINTER STORM AFFECTED THE NORTHLAND ON APRIL 15 TO 16
SPREADING SNOW ACROSS THE AREA. SNOW TOTALS FROM THIS STORM ARE
LISTED BELOW.

NOTE THAT A LOT OF SNOWFALL AND PRECIPITATION REPORTS ARRIVE
ROUTINELY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 AM AND 10 AM...AND THUS THE AMOUNTS
LISTED BELOW ARE NOT NECESSARILY FINAL TOTALS FOR EACH LOCATION.
CHECK THE TIME NEXT TO THE REPORT. SNOW WAS STILL FALLING THROUGH
THE MORNING ROUGHLY EAST OF AN INTERNATIONAL FALLS TO BRAINERD LINE
AND NORTH OF A BRAINERD TO DULUTH LINE.

TO SEND A SNOW REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...
         CALL 1-218-729-6697...

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED A REPORT TODAY.


6 TO 8 INCH SNOW REPORTS

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  8.00   CHISHOLM                 MN  ST. LOUIS        1230 PM
  6.50   12 N GRAND RAPIDS        MN  ITASCA           0925 AM
  6.10   NASHWAUK                 MN  ITASCA           0100 PM
  6.00   HACKENSACK               MN  CASS             0700 AM

3 TO 6 INCH SNOW REPORTS

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  5.80   INTERNATIONAL FALLS      MN  KOOCHICHING      0636 PM
  5.60   LITTLEFORK               MN  KOOCHICHING      1100 AM
  5.00   6 SE GUNFLINT LAKE       MN  COOK             0630 PM
  5.00   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0153 PM
  5.00   DIXON LAKE               MN  ITASCA           0837 AM
  5.00   2 S TOWER                MN  ST. LOUIS        0752 AM
  4.50   6 SE GRAND RAPIDS        MN  ITASCA           1043 AM
  4.50   13 ESE GUNFLINT LAKE     MN  COOK             1003 AM
  4.50   8 NE COOK                MN  ST. LOUIS        0621 AM
  4.40   NORTHOME                 MN  KOOCHICHING      0813 AM
  4.00   2 SW LITTLEFORK          MN  KOOCHICHING      1040 AM
  4.00   ELY                      MN  ST. LOUIS        0955 AM
  4.00   TOGO                     MN  ITASCA           0822 AM
  4.00   3 NE FLOODWOOD           MN  ST. LOUIS        0730 AM
  3.50   COTTON                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0856 AM
  3.50   EMBARRASS                MN  ST. LOUIS        0725 AM
  3.20   5 NW DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        0656 PM
  3.20   3 NE DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        0700 AM
  3.10   4 E ISLAND LAKE          MN  ST. LOUIS        0855 AM

2 TO 3 INCH SNOW REPORTS

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  2.80   SILVER BAY               MN  LAKE             0932 AM
  2.70   6 NE CARLTON             MN  CARLTON          0900 AM
  2.60   7 NW TWO HARBORS         MN  LAKE             0840 AM
  2.60   7 NW BRAINERD            MN  CROW WING        0837 AM
  2.60   2 E ESKO                 MN  CARLTON          0753 AM
  2.60   4 W WASHBURN             WI  BAYFIELD         0725 AM
  2.50   SAGINAW                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0345 PM
  2.50   CLOQUET                  MN  CARLTON          1003 AM
  2.50   14 W ISABELLA            MN  LAKE             0921 AM
  2.50   VIRGINIA                 MN  ST. LOUIS        0802 AM
  2.50   3 NE NISSWA              MN  CROW WING        0800 AM
  2.50   3 N BRAINERD             MN  CROW WING        0720 AM
  2.50   LUTSEN                   MN  COOK             0720 AM
  2.30   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0620 AM
  2.20   MADELINE ISLAND          WI  ASHLAND          0743 AM
  2.10   9 N BAYFIELD             WI  BAYFIELD         0724 AM
  2.10   ASHLAND                  WI  ASHLAND          0700 AM
  2.10   3 E WRIGHT               MN  CARLTON          0600 AM
  2.00   1 SW BAYFIELD            WI  BAYFIELD         0800 AM
  2.00   3 W GRAND MARAIS         MN  COOK             0733 AM
  2.00   5 N PILLAGER             MN  CASS             0620 AM
  2.00   9 NNE HAYWARD            WI  SAWYER           0600 AM

UNDER 2 INCH SNOW REPORTS

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  1.90   1 SE TWO HARBORS         MN  LAKE             0700 AM
  1.70   WRENSHALL                MN  CARLTON          1042 AM
  1.60   12 N ISLE                MN  AITKIN           0800 AM
  1.50   1 E ASHLAND              WI  ASHLAND          0200 PM
  1.50   BENNETT                  WI  DOUGLAS          1115 AM
  1.50   4 S SAWYER               MN  CARLTON          0950 AM
  1.50   2 W HAYWARD              WI  SAWYER           0816 AM
  1.50   HAYWARD                  WI  SAWYER           0727 AM
  1.00   4 S BRUNO                MN  PINE             0935 AM
  1.00   SOUTH RANGE              WI  DOUGLAS          0845 AM
  1.00   UPSON                    WI  IRON             0800 AM
  1.00   4 N GRANTSBURG           WI  BURNETT          0752 AM
  1.00   2 NW STONE LAKE          WI  WASHBURN         0700 AM
  1.00   4 W CLAM LAKE            WI  BAYFIELD         0659 AM
  1.00   1 W WENTWORTH            WI  DOUGLAS          0639 AM
  1.00   5 S HERBSTER             WI  BAYFIELD         0628 AM
  0.70   GURNEY                   WI  IRON             0800 AM
  0.60   7 NE BRUNO               MN  PINE             0837 AM
  0.50   SOLON SPRINGS            WI  DOUGLAS          0943 AM
  0.50   9 SE WEBSTER             WI  BURNETT          0941 AM
  0.50   GILE                     WI  IRON             0827 AM
  0.50   BUTTERNUT                WI  ASHLAND          0611 AM
  0.20   WINTER                   WI  SAWYER           0941 AM

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1150 PM CDT FRI APR 15 2011

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

0300 PM     HIGH SUST WINDS  6 ENE DULUTH            46.81N 92.00W
04/15/2011  M54.00 MPH       LSZ144             MN   SHIP

            GALES OF 40-47 KNOTS THROUGH MUCH OF THE AFTERNOON. THIS
            SHIP REPORTED 14.8 FOOT WAVES 2 HOURS LATER AT 5PM.

0345 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 4 SE DULUTH             46.74N 92.07W
04/15/2011  E50.00 MPH       LSZ145             WI   PUBLIC

            MEASURED ON PARK POINT AT A PRIVATE WEATHER STATION.

0500 PM     HIGH SUST WINDS  5 ENE DULUTH            46.81N 92.02W
04/15/2011  M39.00 MPH       LSZ144             MN   SHIP

            34 KNOT GALE REPORTED WITH 14.8 FOOT WAVE HEIGHTS.

0501 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 5 NW DULUTH             46.83N 92.19W
04/15/2011  M49.00 MPH       ST. LOUIS          MN   ASOS

            MEASURED AT DULUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

0600 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST DEVILS ISLAND           47.07N 90.73W
04/15/2011  M51.00 MPH       ASHLAND            WI   C-MAN STATION

            MEASURED AT THE DEVILS ISLAND CMAN STATION.

0618 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 SE DULUTH             46.77N 92.10W
04/15/2011  M51.00 MPH       ST. LOUIS          MN   OTHER FEDERAL

            MEASURED AT THE WATER LEVEL OBSERVING STATION NEAR THE
            AERIAL LIFT BRIDGE.

0653 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 5 SE DULUTH             46.72N 92.05W
04/15/2011  E51.00 MPH       DOUGLAS            WI   AWOS

            MEASURED AT SKY HARBOR AIRPORT.
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