Ice Storm - Southwest Minnesota: April 9-10, 2013

A storm system centered over Kansas and the associated frontal system brought copious moisture northward into Minnesota on April 9 and 10. Cold air was drawn into the system and A significant ice storm developed over southwest Minnesota, and southeast South Dakota. The heaviest coating of ice was around the Worthington Area with 0.8 (eight tenths) of an inch of ice reported covering surfaces. Luverne had 0.7 (seven tenths) of an inch of ice coating surfaces. The result was extensive tree damage and numerous power outages with Worthington getting some of the worst damage.

The State Emergency Operations Center was activated in response to the storm and Governor Dayton authorized state assistance for the ice and snow storm over southwest Minnesota.

Winter Storm Damage Photos from Minnesota Public Radio

Below is a Local Storm Report regarding the ice storm from the Sioux Falls National Weather Service.

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
1034 AM CDT WED APR 10 2013

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

1015 AM     FREEZING RAIN    TRENT                   43.91N 96.66W
04/10/2013  E0.25 INCH       MOODY              SD   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            POWER OUTAGES ACROSS TOWN.


1005 AM     FREEZING RAIN    VERMILLION              42.78N 96.93W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        CLAY               SD   COOP OBSERVER

            RAINFALL TOTAL OF 1.30 DURING THE LAST 24
            HOURS.


1005 AM     SLEET            FLANDREAU               44.05N 96.60W
04/10/2013  E2.0 INCH        MOODY              SD   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            SLEET AND SNOW AMOUNT COMBINED.


1005 AM     SNOW             HOWARD                  44.01N 97.52W
04/10/2013  E3.0 INCH        MINER              SD   COOP OBSERVER



1000 AM     FREEZING RAIN    SALEM                   43.72N 97.39W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        MCCOOK             SD   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS DOWN AROUND TOWN.


0955 AM     ICE STORM        LESTERVILLE             43.04N 97.59W
04/10/2013  E0.5 INCH        YANKTON            SD   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            POWER OUTAGE IN TOWN SINCE 1 AM THIS
            MORNING.


0955 AM     SNOW             DE SMET                 44.39N 97.55W
04/10/2013  E4.0 INCH        KINGSBURY          SD   EMERGENCY MANAGER



0950 AM     SLEET            PARKER                  43.40N 97.14W
04/10/2013  E2.0 INCH        TURNER             SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN COMBINED. NUMEROUS
            TREE LIMBS DOWN ACROSS TOWN.


0950 AM     FREEZING RAIN    YANKTON                 42.89N 97.39W
04/10/2013  E0.5 INCH        YANKTON            SD   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            AMOUNTS OF GLAZE FROM 0.25 TO 0.6 OF AN
            INCH. TREE LIMBS DOWN THROUGHOUT TOWN.


0945 AM     ICE STORM        MARION                  43.42N 97.26W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        TURNER             SD   COOP OBSERVER

            POWER OUTAGES OCCURRING ACROSS TOWN.


0940 AM     ICE STORM        4 NNE TEA               43.49N 96.80W
04/10/2013  E0.6 INCH        LINCOLN            SD   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS DOWN THROUGHOUT THE
            AREA.


0940 AM     FREEZING RAIN    MARION                  43.42N 97.26W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        TURNER             SD   PUBLIC

            NUMEROUS BRANCHES DOWN ACROSS TOWN.


0940 AM     SNOW             MARION                  43.42N 97.26W
04/10/2013  E3.5 INCH        TURNER             SD   PUBLIC



0935 AM     ICE STORM        ROCK VALLEY             43.20N 96.30W
04/10/2013  E0.9 INCH        SIOUX              IA   COOP OBSERVER

            NUMEROUS LARGE BRANCHES DOWN AROUND TOWN.


0925 AM     FREEZING RAIN    CANTON                  43.30N 96.58W
04/10/2013  M0.3 INCH        LINCOLN            SD   COOP OBSERVER

            SMALL TREE LIMBS DOWN IN TOWN.


0910 AM     SNOW             MARSHALL                44.45N 95.79W
04/10/2013  E5.0 INCH        LYON               MN   COOP OBSERVER



0910 AM     FREEZING RAIN    LUVERNE                 43.65N 96.21W
04/10/2013  E0.7 INCH        ROCK               MN   EMERGENCY MANAGER



0910 AM     ICE STORM        LUVERNE                 43.65N 96.21W
04/10/2013  E0.7 INCH        ROCK               MN   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN
            AROUND TOWN. ALSO POWER OUTAGES IN TOWS OF
            MAGNOLIA AND HILLS.


0905 AM     FREEZING RAIN    ARMOUR                  43.32N 98.34W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        DOUGLAS            SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN
            AROUND TOWN.


0905 AM     FREEZING RAIN    WORTHINGTON             43.63N 95.60W
04/10/2013  E0.8 INCH        NOBLES             MN   PUBLIC

            SEVERAL TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN
            THROUGHOUT TOWN.


0905 AM     SLEET            WINFRED                 44.00N 97.36W
04/10/2013  E1.5 INCH        LAKE               SD   COOP OBSERVER

            ALSO AROUND AN INCH OF SNOW.


0900 AM     ICE STORM        WINDOM                  43.87N 95.12W
04/10/2013  M0.4 INCH        COTTONWOOD         MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SEVERAL POWER LINES AND BRANCHES DOWN. ALSO
            ONE DAMAGED TRANSFORMER.


0900 AM     SLEET            TYNDALL                 42.99N 97.86W
04/10/2013  M2.0 INCH        BON HOMME          SD   PUBLIC

            ALSO SOME MINOR ICE ACCUMULATION.


0900 AM     FREEZING RAIN    ROCK VALLEY             43.20N 96.30W
04/10/2013  M0.5 INCH        SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER  TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN AROUND TOWN.

            TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN AROUND TOWN.


0900 AM     SNOW             PLATTE                  43.39N 98.84W
04/10/2013  E5.5 INCH        CHARLES MIX        SD   COOP OBSERVER



0900 AM     FREEZING RAIN    PLATTE                  43.39N 98.84W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        CHARLES MIX        SD   COOP OBSERVER

            SEVERAL TREE LIMBS DOWN AROUND TOWN.


0900 AM     SNOW             3 NE FORESTBURG         44.05N 98.07W
04/10/2013  E4.5 INCH        SANBORN            SD   COOP OBSERVER



0900 AM     SLEET            ARMOUR                  43.32N 98.34W
04/10/2013  E2.5 INCH        DOUGLAS            SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT



0855 AM     ICE STORM        COTTONWOOD              44.61N 95.67W
04/10/2013  M0.4 INCH        LYON               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            A FEW POWER LINES AND SMALLER TREE BRANCHES
            DOWN AROUND TOWN.


0850 AM     ICE STORM        SLAYTON                 43.99N 95.75W
04/10/2013  E0.9 INCH        MURRAY             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN
            ACROSS TOWN.


0850 AM     ICE STORM        FULDA                   43.87N 95.60W
04/10/2013  E0.9 INCH        MURRAY             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN
            THROUGHOUT TOWN.


0850 AM     ICE STORM        JACKSON                 43.62N 94.99W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        JACKSON            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN
            THROUGHOUT TOWN.


0850 AM     SNOW             BURKE                   43.18N 99.29W
04/10/2013  E10.5 INCH       GREGORY            SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT



0850 AM     SLEET            WAKEFIELD               42.27N 96.87W
04/10/2013  M1.98 INCH       DIXON              NE   COOP OBSERVER

            NEARLY 2 INCHES OF SLEET DEPTH.


0845 AM     LIGHTNING        ALLEN                   42.41N 96.84W
04/10/2013                   DIXON              NE   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSED HOUSE FIRE IN TOWN
            TUESDAY EVENING.


0845 AM     ICE STORM        ROCK RAPIDS             43.43N 96.17W
04/10/2013  E0 INCH          LYON               IA   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREE LIMBS DOWN AS WELL AS POWER OUTAGES
            THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. OUTAGES ARE CURRENTLY
            AT 8-9 HOURS.


0840 AM     FREEZING RAIN    PIPESTONE               44.00N 96.31W
04/10/2013  E0.7 INCH        PIPESTONE          MN   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            NUMEROUS BRANCHES DOWN THROUGHOUT TOWN. ALSO
            SOME POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE COUNTY.


0810 AM     SNOW             6 SSE VOLGA             44.23N 96.89W
04/10/2013  M3.1 INCH        BROOKINGS          SD   COCORAHS



0810 AM     SNOW             1 S MARSHALL            44.44N 95.79W
04/10/2013  M4.0 INCH        LYON               MN   COCORAHS



0810 AM     FREEZING RAIN    PRIMGHAR                43.09N 95.63W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        O`BRIEN            IA   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREES LIMBS DOWN AROUND TOWN.
            UNTREATED ROADS ARE ICE COVERED.


0810 AM     FREEZING RAIN    2 S SHELDON             43.15N 95.84W
04/10/2013  E0.3 INCH        O`BRIEN            IA   PUBLIC

            TREE LIMBS UP TO 6 INCHES IN DIAMETER DOWN
            AROUND TOWN.


0810 AM     SNOW             IVANHOE                 44.46N 96.25W
04/10/2013  E5.5 INCH        LINCOLN            MN   PUBLIC

            MOSTLY SNOWFALL BUT ALSO SOME LIGHT ICE
            ACCUMULATION.


0810 AM     ICE STORM        LE MARS                 42.79N 96.17W
04/10/2013  E0 INCH          PLYMOUTH           IA   PUBLIC

            POWER LINES AND TREES DOWN THROUGHOUT TOWN.


0810 AM     ICE STORM        WORTHINGTON             43.63N 95.60W
04/10/2013  E0 INCH          NOBLES             MN   EMERGENCY MANAGER

            500 FOOT RADIO TOWER DAMAGED FROM GLAZE
            DURING THE NIGHT.


0810 AM     ICE STORM        1 W BERESFORD           43.08N 96.80W
04/10/2013  E0 INCH          UNION              SD   PUBLIC

            POWER LINE AND TREE BRANCHES DOWN.


0810 AM     ICE STORM        NEWCASTLE               42.65N 96.87W
04/10/2013  E0 INCH          DIXON              NE   PUBLIC

            POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE COUNTY DURING THE
            NIGHT. ALSO NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES
            DOWN.


0800 AM     SNOW             WESSINGTON SPRINGS      44.08N 98.57W
04/10/2013  M8.3 INCH        JERAULD            SD   COOP OBSERVER



0800 AM     SNOW             WHITE LAKE              43.73N 98.71W
04/10/2013  M6.0 INCH        AURORA             SD   COOP OBSERVER



0800 AM     SLEET            2 N SIOUX FALLS         43.57N 96.73W
04/10/2013  M1.2 INCH        MINNEHAHA          SD   OFFICIAL NWS OB



0745 AM     SNOW             MITCHELL                43.73N 98.03W
04/10/2013  M5.0 INCH        DAVISON            SD   COOP OBSERVER



0930 PM     HEAVY RAIN       4 E SIOUX RAPIDS        42.89N 95.07W
04/09/2013  M2.79 INCH       BUENA VISTA        IA   CO-OP OBSERVER



0820 PM     HAIL             CHEROKEE                42.75N 95.55W
04/09/2013  M0.25 INCH       CHEROKEE           IA   COOP OBSERVER

            PEA SIZED HAIL WITH STORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS
            THE REGION TUESDAY NIGHT.


0440 PM     HAIL             HINTON                  42.62N 96.29W
04/09/2013  E1.00 INCH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER



0423 PM     HAIL             SIOUX CITY              42.50N 96.39W
04/09/2013  M0.88 INCH       WOODBURY           IA   EMERGENCY MNGR



1235 PM     SNOW             1 E COTTONWOOD          44.61N 95.65W
04/09/2013  E2.0 INCH        LYON               MN   PUBLIC



1220 PM     SNOW             TRACY                   44.24N 95.62W
04/09/2013  E3.6 INCH        LYON               MN   PUBLIC

            BLOWING SNOW IS REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO
            NEAR A QUARTER MILE IN OPEN AREAS.


1210 PM     SNOW             MARSHALL                44.45N 95.79W
04/09/2013  E4.0 INCH        LYON               MN   PUBLIC

            NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS HAVE CAUSED
            OFFICIALS TO PULL SNOW PLOWS OFF THE ROADS.


1200 PM     SNOW             LAKE BENTON             44.26N 96.29W
04/09/2013  M3.2 INCH        LINCOLN            MN   PUBLIC

            BLOWING SNOW CURRENTLY IS REDUCING
            VISIBILITIES BELOW A MILE.


1155 AM     ICE STORM        SIOUX FALLS             43.54N 96.73W
04/09/2013   INCH            MINNEHAHA          SD   NWS EMPLOYEE

            THERE ARE NUMEROUS TREES DOWN THROUGHOUT THE
            CITY DUE TO ICE ACCUMULATION FROM 1/4 TO 1/2
            INCH.


1150 AM     SNOW             ARCO                    44.38N 96.18W
04/09/2013  E2.0 INCH        LINCOLN            MN   PUBLIC



1105 AM     ICE STORM        TABOR                   42.95N 97.66W
04/09/2013  M0.3 INCH        BON HOMME          SD   PUBLIC

            TREES AND OTHER EXPOSED SURFACES ARE ICE
            COATED.


1050 AM     ICE STORM        2 N SIOUX FALLS         43.57N 96.73W
04/09/2013  M0.5 INCH        MINNEHAHA          SD   NWS EMPLOYEE

            TREES AND OTHER EXPOSED SURFACES COATED WITH
            ICE AT THE WFO.


1045 AM     ICE STORM        6 NE AVON               43.07N 97.98W
04/09/2013  E0.7 INCH        BON HOMME          SD   PUBLIC

            TREES, POWER LINES AND OTHER EXPOSED
            SURFACES ARE ICE COVERED.


1045 AM     SNOW             HURON                   44.36N 98.22W
04/09/2013  M4.0 INCH        BEADLE             SD   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            2.5 INCHES OF ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL SINCE THE
            1.5 AT 7 AM THIS MORNING.

Last modified: April 29, 2015
Pete Boulay, DNR Climatologist

 

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