Winter Storm and Blizzard - February 9-11, 2013

Large winter storm brings a month's worth of February moisture in one day.

A large, lumbering winter storm brought badly needed precipitation to Minnesota on from February 9th to February 11th. Most places in Minnesota saw at least some precipitation from this storm, generally from a half to one inch of liquid. There were with accumulations of a foot or more of snow over sections of west central Minnesota.

This storm took form over Nebraska and Kansas on February 9 and moved to the northeast. By Sunday, February 10th the center of the storm was located over south central Minnesota. By midnight, February 11th the center was very near the Twin Cities and by the late morning hours was situated over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The first wave of precipitation moved northward across Minnesota in the late evening hours of the 9th with some freezing drizzle and sleet reported in the Twin Cites and central Minnesota. Snow began to increase in west central Minnesota overnight. Snow continued on Sunday, February 10th over western Minnesota, with rain, sleet and snow over the Twin Cities during the morning, and then changing to heavy, wet snow from around 11am to noon. Visibility in heavy snow was down to a 1/4 mile at the Twin Cities International Airport at 1pm on the 10th. The band of snow then lifted north of the Twin Cities during the afternoon hours and light snow moved back into the Twin Cities during the evening of the 10th. The snow proved to be excellent snowman-making material in the Twin Cities. The total snowfall at the Twin Cities International Airport was 2.3 inches.

Blizzard warnings were posted for western and parts of southern Minnesota during the day on Sunday and continued into Monday morning. I-94 was closed between Alexandria and Moorhead as well as Highway 10 and 210 in west central Minnesota as well. The highest snowfall total found so far is 21 inches at Rothsay in Wilkin County in west central Minnesota. 17 inches fell near Underwood in Otter Tail County. Long Lost Lake in Clearwater County saw 17 inches of snow and Itasca State Park saw 16 inches. Some impressive liquid totals were found as well with some areas receiving over an inch of liquid from this storm. Normal February precipitation ranges from about a half inch in the northwest part of the state, to an inch in the far southeast.

 

National Weather Service Storm Summaries

 


 

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

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1037 AM CST MON FEB 11 2013


...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS...

...LOCATION...                       ...TIME...      ...AMOUNT...
MILLERVILLE (DOUGLAS)                829 AM FEB 11     14.0 IN
CARLOS 3SW (DOUGLAS MN)              800 AM FEB 11     13.0 IN
GLENWOOD (POPE MN)                   845 PM FEB 10     12.0 IN
DONNELLY 3W (STEVENS MN)             337 PM FEB 10     12.0 IN
LITTLE FALLS 1 N (MORRISON MN)       731 AM FEB 11     11.8 IN
MONTEVIDEO 1SW (LAC QUI PARLE MN)    700 AM FEB 11     11.0 IN
MORRIS (STEVENS MN)                  800 AM FEB 11     11.0 IN
BENSON 1SSE (SWIFT MN)               700 AM FEB 11     10.5 IN
3 N ALEXANDRIA (DOUGLAS MN)          800 AM FEB 11     10.1 IN
1 WSW LITTLE FALLS (MORRISON MN)     700 AM FEB 11     10.0 IN
MOTLEY (MORRISON MN)                 730 PM FEB 10     10.0 IN
GRANITE FALLS (CHIPPEWA MN)          446 PM FEB 10     10.0 IN
1 SW SWANVILLE (TODD MN)             630 AM FEB 11      9.5 IN
7 S HILLMAN (MORRISON MN)            915 PM FEB 10      9.5 IN
3 WSW PRINCETON (SHERBURNE MN)       600 AM FEB 11      8.5 IN
ST AUGUSTA (STEARNS MN)              633 PM FEB 10      8.5 IN
SAUK RAPIDS (BENTON MN)              715 PM FEB 10      8.5 IN
4 WSW SPICER (KANDIYOHI MN)          700 AM FEB 11      8.2 IN
ST CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY            700 AM FEB 11      8.1 IN
WILLMAR 2N (KANDIYOHI MN)            600 AM FEB 11      7.9 IN
MELROSE (STEARNS MN)                 700 AM FEB 11      7.5 IN
LONG PRAIRIE (TODD MN)               600 AM FEB 11      7.4 IN
COLD SPRING (STEARNS MN)             700 AM FEB 11      7.2 IN
RICE (BENTON MN)                     700 AM FEB 11      7.0 IN
MILACA (MILLE LACS MN)               730 AM FEB 11      7.0 IN
KIMBALL 3N (STEARNS MN)              600 AM FEB 11      6.8 IN
ST. CLOUD (STEARNS MN)               600 AM FEB 11      6.7 IN
SACRED HEART (RENVILLE MN)           930 PM FEB 10      6.3 IN
WEYERHAEUSER 2 (RUSK WI)             700 AM FEB 11      6.0 IN
VESTA (REDWOOD)                     1003 AM FEB 11      6.0 IN
1 SSW SAINT MICHAEL (WRIGHT MN)      800 AM FEB 11      5.8 IN
3 SE ORROCK (SHERBURNE MN)           700 AM FEB 11      5.3 IN
5 SE LAKE LILLIAN (RENVILLE MN)      630 AM FEB 11      5.1 IN
MONTEVIDEO (CHIPPEWA MN)             700 AM FEB 11      5.0 IN
CAMBRIDGE 2SSW (ISANTI MN)           626 AM FEB 11      5.0 IN
RUSH CITY (CHISAGO MN)               807 AM FEB 11      4.7 IN
3 N CAMBRIDGE (ISANTI MN)            700 AM FEB 11      4.6 IN
WATERTOWN (CARVER MN)                700 AM FEB 11      4.6 IN
REDWOOD FALLS (REDWOOD MN)           530 AM FEB 11      4.5 IN
FOREST LAKE 5NE (CHISAGO MN)         700 AM FEB 11      4.5 IN
CHASKA 2NW (CARVER MN)               600 AM FEB 11      4.3 IN
FARIBAULT (RICE MN)                  700 AM FEB 11      4.0 IN
1 ENE INVER GROVE HEIGHT (DAKOTA)    700 AM FEB 11      4.0 IN
ANDOVER 1N (ANOKA MN)                700 AM FEB 11      4.0 IN
CHANHASSEN 2SW (CARVER MN)           700 AM FEB 11      3.7 IN
CHANHASSEN (CARVER MN)               600 AM FEB 11      3.5 IN
    MEASURED AT THE NWS OFFICE.
2 SE CHETEK (BARRON WI)              700 AM FEB 11      3.5 IN
1 WSW CARVER (CARVER MN)             700 AM FEB 11      3.5 IN
GLENCOE (MCLEOD MN)                  800 AM FEB 11      3.3 IN
HAMBURG (CARVER MN)                  800 AM FEB 11      3.2 IN
1 N MAPLE GROVE (HENNEPIN MN)        800 AM FEB 11      3.2 IN
5 SW LONG LAKE (HENNEPIN MN)         500 AM FEB 11      3.2 IN
HAM LAKE 3SSE (ANOKA MN)             700 AM FEB 11      3.1 IN
1 WSW EDINA (HENNEPIN MN)            716 AM FEB 11      3.1 IN
1 WSW LITTLE CANADA (RAMSEY MN)      700 AM FEB 11      3.1 IN
5 SE BALSAM LAKE (POLK WI)           700 AM FEB 11      3.0 IN
3 ESE EDEN PRAIRIE (HENNEPIN MN)     849 AM FEB 11      3.0 IN
HASTINGS LOCK AND DAM 2 (DAKOTA MN)  600 AM FEB 11      3.0 IN
2 NNW RICHFIELD (HENNEPIN MN)        700 AM FEB 11      2.8 IN
2 WSW PRIOR LAKE (SCOTT MN)          600 AM FEB 11      2.8 IN
1 WSW GOLDEN VALLEY (HENNEPIN MN)    700 AM FEB 11      2.8 IN
WACONIA (CARVER MN)                  700 AM FEB 11      2.8 IN
NEW PRAGUE (SCOTT MN)                700 AM FEB 11      2.7 IN
CRYSTAL 2 NNW (HENNEPIN)             700 AM FEB 11      2.7 IN
2 ESE CAMERON (BARRON WI)            700 AM FEB 11      2.6 IN
1 NE WOODBURY (WASHINGTON MN)        700 AM FEB 11      2.6 IN
JORDAN 1SW (SCOTT MN)                530 AM FEB 11      2.5 IN
3 ENE MONTGOMERY (RICE MN)           515 AM FEB 11      2.5 IN
1 SW RIVER FALLS (PIERCE WI)         730 AM FEB 11      2.5 IN
1 WNW PRESCOTT (PIERCE WI)           800 AM FEB 11      2.5 IN
3 ESE SAINT LOUIS PARK               700 AM FEB 11      2.5 IN
MINNEAPOLIS (HENNEPIN MN)            600 AM FEB 11      2.3 IN
    MEASURED AT THE MSP AIRPORT.
2 NNW SPRINGFIELD (BROWN MN)         700 AM FEB 11      2.2 IN
1 ENE OWATONNA (STEELE MN)           630 AM FEB 11      2.1 IN
RED WING DAM 3 (GOODHUE MN)          533 AM FEB 11      2.0 IN
1 W VESELI (RICE MN)                 500 AM FEB 11      2.0 IN
1 ENE ELK MOUND (DUNN WI)            700 AM FEB 11      2.0 IN
STANLEY (CHIPPEWA WI)                700 AM FEB 11      2.0 IN
ROBERTS WWTP (ST. CROIX WI)          800 AM FEB 11      1.7 IN
NEW ULM 3SE (NICOLLET MN)            630 AM FEB 11      1.6 IN
BLOOMER (CHIPPEWA WI)                800 AM FEB 11      1.5 IN
4 W CORNELL (CHIPPEWA WI)            800 AM FEB 11      1.5 IN
1 NE FAIRMONT (MARTIN MN)            700 AM FEB 11      1.5 IN
JIM FALLS 3NW (CHIPPEWA WI)          530 AM FEB 11      1.5 IN
RED WING (GOODHUE MN)                800 AM FEB 11      1.4 IN
EAU CLAIRE (EAU CLAIRE)              600 AM FEB 11      1.4 IN
4 E NERSTRAND (GOODHUE MN)           800 AM FEB 11      1.1 IN
WELLS (FARIBAULT MN)                 800 AM FEB 11      1.0 IN
ALBERT LEA 3 SE (FREEBORN MN)        800 AM FEB 11      1.0 IN
CHIPPEWA FALLS (CHIPPEWA WI)         800 AM FEB 11      1.0 IN
BLUE EARTH 1S (FARIBAULT MN)         800 AM FEB 11      0.7 IN
ELLENDALE (STEELE MN)                700 AM FEB 11      0.7 IN


OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURES. NOT ALL DATA LISTED IS CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS ITS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PARTNERS FOR
PROVIDING US WITH THIS DATA.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
910 AM CST MON FEB 11 2013

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
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
 12.00   KETTLE FALLS             MN  ST. LOUIS        0910 AM
 10.50   SILVER BAY               MN  LAKE             0718 AM
  9.60   2 SSW KABETOGAMA         MN  ST. LOUIS        0718 AM
  9.50   CHISHOLM                 MN  ST. LOUIS        1130 PM
                 7 INCHES AT 627 PM.
  9.10   3 WNW GRAND RAPIDS       MN  ITASCA           0903 AM
  8.60   4 S SAWYER               MN  CARLTON          0756 AM
  8.60   NASHWAUK                 MN  ITASCA           0646 AM
  8.60   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0635 AM
  8.60   CHISHOLM                 MN  ST. LOUIS        0628 AM
  8.60   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0553 AM
  8.50   FORT RIPLEY              MN  CROW WING        0833 AM
  8.50   3 SE FINLAND             MN  LAKE             0742 AM
                 WOLF RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER
  8.50   HIBBING                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0551 AM
  8.50   25 NW GRAND MARAIS       MN  COOK             0950 PM
  8.50   25 NW GRAND MARAIS       MN  COOK             0950 PM
  8.30   6 ESE BOULDER LAKE       MN  ST. LOUIS        0842 AM
  8.10   KEEWATIN                 MN  ITASCA           1026 PM
  8.00   BEAVER BAY               MN  LAKE             0903 AM
  8.00   TOGO                     MN  ITASCA           0759 AM
  7.70   WEST DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        0943 PM
  7.50   LUTSEN                   MN  COOK             0738 AM
  7.50   MOOSE LAKE               MN  CARLTON          0703 AM
  7.00   1 SW TOFTE               MN  COOK             0836 AM
  7.00   3 E WRIGHT               MN  CARLTON          0635 AM
  7.00   BUTTERNUT                WI  ASHLAND          0628 AM
  7.00   HOLYOKE                  MN  CARLTON          0618 AM
                 STORM TOTAL
  6.90   2 S BRIMSON              MN  ST. LOUIS        0759 AM
  6.80   4 NE ASKOV               MN  PINE             1030 PM
  6.70   4 W WASHBURN             WI  BAYFIELD         0718 AM
  6.70   HOLYOKE                  MN  CARLTON          0930 PM
  6.50   4 E CORNUCOPIA           WI  BAYFIELD         0835 AM
  6.50   3 N BRAINERD             MN  CROW WING        0725 AM
  6.50   2 W HIBBING              MN  ST. LOUIS        0706 AM
  6.50   CORNUCOPIA               WI  BAYFIELD         0557 AM
  6.40   INTERNATIONAL FALLS      MN  KOOCHICHING      0600 AM
  6.20   5 NW DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        0600 AM
  6.00   5 S HERBSTER             WI  BAYFIELD         0833 AM
  6.00   BAYFIELD                 WI  BAYFIELD         0759 AM
  6.00   CULVER                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0628 AM
  6.00   PARK FALLS               WI  PRICE            0557 AM
  5.50   3 SE KERRICK             MN  PINE             0836 AM
  5.50   ELY                      MN  ST. LOUIS        0742 AM
  5.50   EMBARRASS                MN  ST. LOUIS        0628 AM
  5.30   ASHLAND                  WI  ASHLAND          0742 AM
  5.30   3 SW ASHLAND             WI  ASHLAND          0718 AM
  5.30   3 W PHILLIPS             WI  PRICE            0646 AM
  5.20   1 E LA POINTE            WI  ASHLAND          0646 AM
  5.00   11 SSW SUPERIOR          WI  DOUGLAS          0903 AM
                 PATTISON STATE PARK
  5.00   4 W CLAM LAKE            WI  BURNETT          0759 AM
  5.00   1 WSW SAXON              WI  IRON             0718 AM
  5.00   SAXON                    WI  IRON             0701 AM
  5.00   POPLAR                   WI  DOUGLAS          0628 AM
  4.90   9 NW BAYFIELD            WI  BAYFIELD         0706 AM
  4.00   GORDON                   WI  DOUGLAS          0903 AM
  4.00   HAWTHORNE                WI  DOUGLAS          0738 AM
  4.00   5 NW HAYWARD             WI  WASHBURN         0628 AM
  3.80   PORT WING                WI  BAYFIELD         0833 AM
  3.50   8 S HAYWARD              WI  SAWYER           0833 AM
  3.30   SARONA                   WI  WASHBURN         0742 AM
  2.00   3 E PAYNE                MN  ST. LOUIS        0549 AM
                 STORM TOTAL OF 7.5
  1.50   4 N EDGEWATER            WI  SAWYER           0742 AM

Snow Totals From February 10, 2013 Storm
THE FOLLOWING ARE SNOW AMOUNTS FOR THE PREVIOUS 2 DAYS
AS MEASURED BY NWS COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...LOCAL EMERAGENCY
MANAGERS AND MEDIA MEMBERS. A SWATH OF VERY HEAVY SNOW FELL
FROM SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THE
HIGHEST TOTALS OF 21 INCHES WAS REPORTED IN ROTHSAY...WITH MANY
TOTALS OF A FOOT OR MORE. 


  2-DAY SNOW TOTALS FOR MONDAY (02/11/13)
     AS OF 11:55 AM CST

NORTH DAKOTA                                 2-DAY SNOW FALL
  LOCATION (COUNTY):                         AMT(IN) REPORTS

  FAIRMOUNT (RICHLAND).........................20.0     (2)
  LIDGERWOOD (RICHLAND)........................15.5     (2)
  MCLEOD (RICHLAND)............................15.0     (2)
  CAYUGA (SARGENT).............................14.0     (2)
  FORMAN (SARGENT).............................13.0     (2)
  DURBIN (CASS)................................12.5     (2)
  ABERCROMBIE (RICHLAND).......................12.1     (2)
  LISBON 8SW (RANSOM)..........................11.0     (2)
  FARGO 1ESE (CASS).............................8.6     (2)
  HARWOOD (CASS)................................8.0     (1)
  WEST FARGO 4SSE (CASS)........................7.0     (2)
  VALLEY CITY 1E (BARNES).......................5.0     (1)
  BALDHILL DAM @ LK ASHTABULA (BARNES)..........5.0     (1)
  GRAND FORKS NWS (GRAND FORKS).................4.9     (1)
  GRAND FORKS 1SW (GRAND FORKS).................4.0     (1)
  MAYVILLE (TRAILL).............................3.5     (2)
  GILBY 2E (GRAND FORKS)........................3.0     (1)
  FARGO 3NE (CASS)..............................2.4     (1)
  LANKIN 9SW (WALSH)............................0.5     (1)
  LANKIN 6E (WALSH).............................0.2     (1)
  PEMBINA (PEMBINA).............................TRACE   (1)
  EDMORE (RAMSEY)...............................TRACE   (1)
  CAVALIER (PEMBINA)............................TRACE   (1)

MINNESOTA                                    2-DAY SNOW FALL
  LOCATION (COUNTY):                         AMT(IN) REPORTS

  ROTHSAY (WILKIN).............................21.0     (2)
  PELICAN RAPIDS 6E (OTTER TAIL)...............17.5     (2)
  ELBOW LAKE VILLAGE 8ENE (CLEARWATER).........17.0     (2)
  UNDERWOOD 8NNE (OTTER TAIL)..................17.0     (2)
  LONG LOST LAKE (CLEARWATER)..................17.0     (2)
  BECIDA (HUBBARD).............................17.0     (2)
  BEMIDJI 6SE (BELTRAMI).......................16.0     (2)
  ITASCA U OF M (CLEARWATER)...................16.0     (2)
  BRECKENRIDGE 3SE (WILKIN)....................15.7     (2)
  FERGUS FALLS 4E (OTTER TAIL).................14.5     (1)
  OTTERTAIL (OTTER TAIL).......................14.2     (1)
  PELICAN RAPIDS (OTTER TAIL)..................14.0     (2)
  BLACKDUCK (BELTRAMI).........................13.0     (1)
  BAGLEY (CLEARWATER)..........................12.0     (1)
  DEER CREEK 2WSW (OTTER TAIL).................11.7     (1)
  WADENA (WADENA)..............................11.5     (2)
  SABIN (CLAY).................................11.2     (2)
  NEW YORK MILLS (OTTER TAIL)..................11.0     (2)
  TWIN VALLEY (NORMAN)..........................9.8     (2)
  MOORHEAD (CLAY)...............................9.7     (2)
  WASKISK (BELTRAMI)............................8.0     (1)
  CLIMAX 3WNW (POLK)............................6.0     (1)
  GREENBUSH (ROSEAU)............................2.0     (1)
  ARGYLE (MARSHALL).............................2.0     (1)
  WARREN 7NW (MARSHALL).........................1.4     (1)
  RED LAKE FALLS (RED LAKE).....................TRACE   (1)
  LANCASTER (KITTSON)...........................TRACE   (1)

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