Early Spring Snowstorm: March 22-23, 2015

Snowfall Totals: March 22-23
courtesy: National Weather Service

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An early spring snowstorm blanketed much of central and southeastern Minnesota with heavy, wet snow during the evening hours of March 22 and the morning of March 23. The heavy snow created travel hazards and led to school closures in some southeast Minnesota districts. The snow fell along a relatively narrow arc extending from northeast South Dakota to northeast Iowa (map at right). Snowfall totals in excess of eight inches were reported in McLeod, Sibley, Carver, Dakota, Scott, Rice, and Goodhue counties. For most communities in the heavy snow band, it was far and away the heaviest snow event of the 2014-2015 season.

The water-laden snow brought welcome moisture to a dry landscape. The liquid content of the snow ranged from one-half inch to three-quarters of an inch in many southeastern Minnesota locations. As of late March, much of Minnesota is categorized as undergoing Moderate Drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Snowfall Reports: National Weather Service Office - Chanhassen

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1236 PM CDT MON MAR 23 2015

...SNOWFALL REPORTS FOR THE MARCH 22-23 STORM...

THESE ARE PRELIMINARY REPORTS AND NOT NECESSARILY THE FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR OBSERVERS WHO MADE THIS REPORT POSSIBLE. 

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
12.30   1 N ZUMBROTA             MN  GOODHUE          0600 AM
12.10   2 NNE ZUMBROTA           MN  GOODHUE          0700 AM
11.00   GREEN ISLE               MN  SIBLEY           1112 AM
10.50   3 ENE MONTGOMERY         MN  RICE             0525 AM
10.00   6 N HENDERSON            MN  SIBLEY           1132 AM
                LIQUID PRECIPITATION OF 10.0 INCHES.
10.00   ZUMBROTA                 MN  GOODHUE          0700 AM
 9.80   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0501 AM
 9.50   1 W NEW PRAGUE           MN  SCOTT            0815 AM
 9.50   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0630 AM
                MELTED PRECIPITATION .73 INCHES.
 9.50   2 S PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0542 AM
 9.00   BROWNTON                 MN  MCLEOD           0800 AM
 9.00   PRIOR LAKE               MN  SCOTT            0741 AM
 9.00   NEW PRAGUE               MN  SCOTT            0727 AM
 8.90   ZUMBROTA                 MN  GOODHUE          1208 AM
 8.80   JORDAN                   MN  SCOTT            0530 AM
 8.70   NORTHFIELD               MN  RICE             1234 AM
 8.70   CASTLE ROCK              MN  DAKOTA           1208 AM
 8.50   CARVER                   MN  CARVER           1058 PM
 8.50   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            1017 PM
 8.30   BELLE PLAINE             MN  SCOTT            1016 PM
 8.10   FARMINGTON               MN  DAKOTA           0741 AM
 8.00   FARMINGTON               MN  DAKOTA           0735 AM
                MELTED PRECIPITATION OF 0.62 INCHES. OBSERVED
                BY METEOROLOGIST AT FAA FACILITY.
 8.00   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0730 AM
                MEASURED IN NE PORTION OF CITY.
 8.00   5 NE PRIOR LAKE          MN  SCOTT            1012 PM
 8.00   NEW PRAGUE               MN  SCOTT            1012 PM
 8.00   JORDAN                   MN  SCOTT            0850 PM
 7.80   DUNDAS                   MN  RICE             0501 AM
 7.80   NORWOOD/YOUNG AMERICA    MN  CARVER           1116 PM
 7.80   2 S SHAKOPEE             MN  SCOTT            0944 PM
 7.70   GREEN ISLE               MN  SIBLEY           1039 PM
 7.50   WASECA                   MN  WASECA           0800 AM
 7.50   OWATONNA                 MN  STEELE           0728 AM
 7.50   CREDIT RIVER             MN  SCOTT            0430 AM
 7.50   COLOGNE                  MN  CARVER           1030 PM
 7.50   N LAKEVILLE              MN  DAKOTA           0920 PM
 7.40   SHAKOPEE                 MN  SCOTT            0827 AM
 7.20   2 SW BURNSVILLE          MN  DAKOTA           0317 AM
 7.00   ROSEMOUNT                MN  DAKOTA           0800 AM
 7.00   FARIBAULT                MN  RICE             0700 AM
 7.00   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0630 AM
 7.00   1 WNW BURNSVILLE         MN  DAKOTA           0317 AM
 7.00   APPLE VALLEY             MN  DAKOTA           0915 PM
 7.00   PRIOR LAKE               MN  SCOTT            0844 PM
 6.90   BURNSVILLE               MN  DAKOTA           1005 PM
 6.70   4 ENE LAKEVILLE          MN  DAKOTA           1054 PM
 6.50   2 NW CHASKA              MN  CARVER           0500 AM
 6.20   1 SSW WACONIA            MN  CARVER           1026 PM
 6.00   3 NE STOCKHOLM           WI  PEPIN            0800 AM
 6.00   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0500 AM
                OCCURRED AT LOCK AND DAM.
 6.00   HOWARD LAKE              MN  WRIGHT           0200 AM
 5.80   1 ESE CHASKA             MN  CARVER           0800 AM
 5.80   KANDIYOHI                MN  KANDIYOHI        1038 PM
 5.80   BURNSVILLE               MN  DAKOTA           0845 PM
 5.70   WACONIA                  MN  CARVER           0600 AM
 5.60   4 E MANKATO              MN  BLUE EARTH       0700 AM
 5.40   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0701 AM
 5.30   COSMOS                   MN  MEEKER           1050 PM
 5.00   REDWOOD FALLS            MN  REDWOOD          0600 AM
 5.00   HUTCHINSON               MN  MCLEOD           0157 AM
 5.00   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0930 PM
 5.00   SHAKOPEE                 MN  SCOTT            0915 PM
 4.80   4 SSE MANKATO            MN  BLUE EARTH       0650 AM
 4.60   4 SSE DOWNTOWN MINNEAPO  MN  HENNEPIN         0800 AM
 4.50   MAPLE PLAIN              MN  HENNEPIN         0828 AM
 4.50   BLOOMINGTON              MN  HENNEPIN         0800 AM
                MEASURED BY RETIRED NWS METEOROLOGIST
 4.50   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0847 PM
 4.40   WILLMAR                  MN  KANDIYOHI        0600 AM
 4.00   WELLS                    MN  FARIBAULT        0800 AM
 4.00   VESTA                    MN  REDWOOD          0800 AM
 4.00   2 SSE EDINA              MN  HENNEPIN         0600 AM
 4.00   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0600 AM
 4.00   3 SSE DOWNTOWN MINNEAPO  MN  HENNEPIN         1112 PM
 4.00   WILLMAR                  MN  KANDIYOHI        0934 PM
 3.60   MSP INTL AIRPORT         MN  HENNEPIN         0700 AM
 3.50   ST CLAIR                 MN  BLUE EARTH       0640 AM
 3.50   1 ENE INVER GROVE HEIGH  MN  DAKOTA           0101 AM
 3.30   2 SSE EDINA              MN  HENNEPIN         1039 PM
 3.00   1 N MINNESOTA LAKE       MN  BLUE EARTH       1112 AM
 3.00   DURAND                   WI  PEPIN            0800 AM
 3.00   ALBERT LEA               MN  FREEBORN         0800 AM
 3.00   MADELIA                  MN  WATONWAN         0630 AM
 3.00   BLOOMINGTON              MN  HENNEPIN         0603 AM
 3.00   2 SW PRINSBURG           MN  KANDIYOHI        0600 AM
 3.00   GOLDEN VALLEY            MN  HENNEPIN         0915 PM
 2.90   MORRIS                   MN  STEVENS          0800 AM
 2.80   BENSON                   MN  SWIFT            1017 AM
 2.80   KIMBALL                  MN  STEARNS          0600 AM
 2.50   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0609 AM
                STORM TOTAL.
 2.50   MADELIA                  MN  WATONWAN         1107 PM
 2.50   ST PETER                 MN  NICOLLET         1100 PM
 2.50   MAPLE GROVE              MN  HENNEPIN         0930 PM
 2.40   WATERTOWN                MN  CARVER           0420 AM
 2.30   ROBERTS                  WI  ST. CROIX        0800 AM
 2.30   1 NNW NORTH ST PAUL      MN  RAMSEY           0715 AM
 2.30   3 WSW DOWNTOWN ST PAUL   MN  RAMSEY           1054 PM
 2.20   MADISON                  MN  LAC QUI PARLE    0800 AM
 2.00   ST JAMES                 MN  WATONWAN         0815 AM
 2.00   COMFREY                  MN  BROWN            0800 AM
 2.00   SPRINGFIELD              MN  BROWN            1038 PM
 1.40   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       0837 AM
 1.30   MENOMONIE                WI  DUNN             0851 AM
 1.10   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       0415 AM
                OBSERVED AT WQOW TV.
 1.00   MONTEVIDEO               MN  CHIPPEWA         0700 AM
 1.00   BALDWIN                  WI  ST. CROIX        0700 AM
 1.00   5 SE OTSEGO              MN  WRIGHT           0647 AM
 0.80   ST CLOUD                 MN  STEARNS          0700 AM
                OBSERVED AT THE PRISON.
 0.30   4 SE OTSEGO              MN  WRIGHT           0850 PM

Snowfall Reports: National Weather Service Office - La Crosse

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1102 AM CDT MON MAR 23 2015

...SNOWFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS ...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON              

...MINNESOTA...

...DODGE COUNTY...
MANTORVILLE 2ESE             8.0 IN    1000 AM 03/23   44.05N/92.72W        
KASSON 1NE                   8.0 IN    0600 AM 03/23   44.05N/92.74W        

...FILLMORE COUNTY...
SPRING VALLEY 3E             10.0 IN   0700 AM 03/23   43.68N/92.33W        
SPRING VALLEY 3SW            10.0 IN   0830 AM 03/23   43.66N/92.43W        
PRESTON 1SSE                 9.6 IN    0830 AM 03/23   43.66N/92.08W        
HARMONY                      9.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.55N/92.01W        
CHATFIELD 9.0 ESE            8.2 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.79N/92.03W        
3 N FILLMORE                 8.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.79N/92.26W        
MABEL                        8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.52N/91.76W        
LANESBORO                    7.9 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.72N/91.97W        
PETERSON 1S                  7.7 IN    0704 AM 03/23   43.78N/91.82W        
WYKOFF 3.1 NW                7.6 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.74N/92.31W        
2 SSW WHALAN                 7.4 IN    1000 AM 03/23   43.71N/91.94W        
PRESTON                      7.4 IN    0815 AM 03/23   43.67N/92.07W        
WYKOFF                       6.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.71N/92.27W        
LANESBORO                    4.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.72N/91.97W        

...HOUSTON COUNTY...
CALEDONIA 5.4 S              8.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.56N/91.51W        
1 NNW LA CRESCENT            7.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.83N/91.31W        
CALEDONIA                    6.7 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.63N/91.50W        
SPRING GROVE 4N              6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.61N/91.62W        
LA CRESCENT 0.7 NNW          4.6 IN    0730 AM 03/23   43.84N/91.31W        

...MOWER COUNTY...
GRAND MEADOW                 8.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.71N/92.57W        
AUSTIN                       6.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.67N/92.97W        
AUSTIN WASTE WATER TREATMENT 5.7 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.65N/92.97W        
AUSTIN 2NE                   5.2 IN    0930 AM 03/23   43.68N/92.95W        

...OLMSTED COUNTY...
PINE ISLAND 2S               10.6 IN   0730 AM 03/23   44.19N/92.65W        
ORONOCO                      10.5 IN   0630 AM 03/23   44.17N/92.53W        
ROCHESTER 2.6 NE             10.0 IN   0600 AM 03/23   44.04N/92.44W        
ORONOCO 3SE                  9.9 IN    0915 AM 03/23   44.14N/92.48W        
ORONOCO 1S                   9.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.15N/92.54W        
BYRON 4 NORTH                8.4 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.09N/92.64W        
ROCHESTER                    8.0 IN    0735 AM 03/23   44.01N/92.48W        
ROCHESTER AP 2NE             7.9 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.93N/92.48W        
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRP 7.9 IN    0654 AM 03/23   43.91N/92.50W        
ELGIN 2SSW                   7.6 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.10N/92.27W        

...WABASHA COUNTY...
5 NNE ZUMBRO FALLS           10.5 IN   0830 AM 03/23   44.35N/92.39W        
1 S HAMMOND                  10.5 IN   0645 AM 03/23   44.21N/92.37W        
ZUMBRO FALLS 3.5 SSW         9.3 IN    0745 AM 03/23   44.24N/92.46W        
PLAINVIEW                    9.0 IN    0730 AM 03/23   44.16N/92.17W        
THEILMAN 1SSW                8.9 IN    0830 AM 03/23   44.28N/92.19W        
LAKE CITY                    8.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   44.44N/92.28W        
WABASHA                      7.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.39N/92.05W        

...WINONA COUNTY...
WINONA 4SE                   9.5 IN    0730 AM 03/23   44.02N/91.61W        
GOODVIEW                     8.9 IN    0600 AM 03/23   44.07N/91.71W        
MINNESOTA CITY               8.0 IN    0815 AM 03/23   44.09N/91.75W        
WINONA 3S                    7.5 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.99N/91.61W        
ALTURA 5W                    7.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.06N/92.04W        
MINNESOTA CITY DAM 5         6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.16N/91.81W        
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6            6.0 IN    0600 AM 03/23   44.00N/91.44W        
WINONA DAM 5A                6.0 IN    0600 AM 03/23   44.09N/91.67W        
LA CRESCENT DAM 7            4.0 IN    0600 AM 03/23   43.87N/91.31W        


...IOWA...

...ALLAMAKEE COUNTY...
WAUKON                       12.0 IN   0755 AM 03/23   43.27N/91.48W        

...CHICKASAW COUNTY...
N. WASHINGTON                5.9 IN    0707 AM 03/23   43.12N/92.42W        
NEW HAMPTON                  4.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.06N/92.31W        
NEW HAMPTON 0.4 SW           4.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.06N/92.32W        
IONIA 2W                     2.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.03N/92.50W        

...CLAYTON COUNTY...
MARQUETTE                    12.0 IN   0730 AM 03/23   43.04N/91.18W        
MONONA WWTP                  10.8 IN   0700 AM 03/23   43.04N/91.40W        
VOLGA 1NE                    3.3 IN    0700 AM 03/23   42.81N/91.52W        
ELKADER 6SSW                 1.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   42.78N/91.45W        
GUTTENBERG DAM 10            0.7 IN    0600 AM 03/23   42.78N/91.10W        

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
WAUCOMA 3.2 S                3.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.01N/92.03W        
FAYETTE                      2.4 IN    0700 AM 03/23   42.85N/91.82W        
WADENA                       1.5 IN    0800 AM 03/23   42.84N/91.66W        

...FLOYD COUNTY...
CHARLES CITY                 1.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.06N/92.67W        
NORA SPRINGS 2.4 SSE         1.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.11N/92.99W        
NASHUA 2SW                   0.7 IN    0700 AM 03/23   42.94N/92.57W        

...HOWARD COUNTY...
CRESCO 1NE                   5.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.39N/92.09W        
ELMA                         2.9 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.24N/92.44W        

...MITCHELL COUNTY...
RICEVILLE                    4.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.36N/92.55W        
ST ANSGAR                    2.8 IN    0630 AM 03/23   43.38N/92.92W        
OSAGE                        2.6 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.28N/92.81W        
2 S MONA                     2.5 IN    1015 AM 03/23   43.46N/92.94W        

...WINNESHIEK COUNTY...
8 ENE DECORAH                11.5 IN   0730 AM 03/23   43.35N/91.65W        
7 NE DECORAH                 11.5 IN   0730 AM 03/23   43.38N/91.69W        
DECORAH 7.9 ENE              11.5 IN   0728 AM 03/23   43.34N/91.64W        
DECORAH 5E                   9.5 IN    0730 AM 03/23   43.30N/91.70W        


...WISCONSIN...

...ADAMS COUNTY...
FRIENDSHIP                   0.3 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.98N/89.83W        

...BUFFALO COUNTY...
ALMA DAM 4                   7.2 IN    0600 AM 03/23   44.33N/91.92W        

...CLARK COUNTY...
NEILLSVILLE 3ESE             0.7 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.54N/90.54W        
NEILLSVILLE 3NW              0.1 IN    0729 AM 03/23   44.61N/90.65W        

...CRAWFORD COUNTY...
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN             13.0 IN   0700 AM 03/23   43.05N/91.13W        
STEUBEN 4SE                  10.0 IN   0700 AM 03/23   43.13N/90.84W        
LYNXVILLE DAM 9              10.0 IN   0600 AM 03/23   43.21N/91.10W        
MOUNT ZION                   8.8 IN    0730 AM 03/23   43.26N/90.73W        
GAYS MILLS 6.1 SE            8.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.26N/90.76W        

...GRANT COUNTY...
WOODMAN                      15.0 IN   1030 AM 03/23   43.09N/90.80W        
FENNIMORE                    15.0 IN   0734 AM 03/23   42.98N/90.66W        
LANCASTER                    11.0 IN   0700 AM 03/23   42.85N/90.71W        
LANCASTER 0.3 N              11.0 IN   0700 AM 03/23   42.85N/90.71W        
MUSCODA                      9.5 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.20N/90.44W        
LANCASTER 4WSW               8.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   42.83N/90.79W        
CUBA CITY                    3.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   42.60N/90.43W        
SINSINAWA                    1.5 IN    1037 AM 03/23   42.52N/90.54W        
CASSVILLE                    1.5 IN    0800 AM 03/23   42.72N/90.99W        

...JACKSON COUNTY...
MELROSE                      4.3 IN    0529 AM 03/23   44.13N/90.99W        

...LA CROSSE COUNTY...
HOLMEN 1NW                   8.5 IN    0600 AM 03/23   43.97N/91.27W        
WEST SALEM                   7.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.90N/91.09W        
LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT   7.0 IN    0653 AM 03/23   43.88N/91.26W        
WFO LA CROSSE                6.7 IN    0600 AM 03/23   43.82N/91.19W        
HOLMEN 2S                    6.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.93N/91.25W        
LA CROSSE 4NNW               6.4 IN    0730 AM 03/23   43.87N/91.27W        
ONALASKA                     6.1 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.91N/91.23W        
ONALASKA 1.6 NW              6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.90N/91.24W        
BARRE MILLS 2N               5.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.85N/91.11W        
BANGOR                       5.3 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.89N/90.99W        
LA CROSSE 1SE                5.0 IN    0600 AM 03/23   43.81N/91.22W        
FOUR CORNERS                 4.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.07N/90.92W        
LA CROSSE SNOW               2.2 IN    0600 AM 03/23   43.86N/91.27W        

...MONROE COUNTY...
SPARTA                       4.6 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.94N/90.82W        
SPARTA HIGHWAY DEPT          3.0 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.94N/90.80W        
TUNNEL CITY                  2.9 IN    0700 AM 03/23   44.01N/90.57W        

...RICHLAND COUNTY...
BOAZ 2NW                     7.5 IN    0800 AM 03/23   43.36N/90.56W        
RICHLAND CENTER              6.5 IN    0558 AM 03/23   43.34N/90.38W        
RICHLAND CENTER 4N           6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.40N/90.39W        
ITHACA 2S                    5.5 IN    0615 AM 03/23   43.34N/90.28W        

...TREMPEALEAU COUNTY...
ETTRICK 4WNW                 6.6 IN    0637 AM 03/23   44.19N/91.34W        
1 N GALESVILLE               6.0 IN    0730 AM 03/23   44.10N/91.36W        
ARCADIA                      5.5 IN    0649 AM 03/23   44.25N/91.49W        
WHITEHALL 2W                 4.0 IN    1000 AM 03/23   44.37N/91.36W        

...VERNON COUNTY...
3 NNW READSTOWN              9.8 IN    0630 AM 03/23   43.49N/90.79W        
READSTOWN 4NE                6.8 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.48N/90.69W        
STODDARD                     6.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.66N/91.22W        
GENOA DAM 8                  6.5 IN    0600 AM 03/23   43.57N/91.23W        
VIROQUA                      6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.56N/90.88W        
VIROQUA 0.8 ESE              6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.55N/90.87W        
WESTBY 3ENE                  5.3 IN    0710 AM 03/23   43.67N/90.81W        
LA FARGE                     4.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.57N/90.64W        
STODDARD 5NNE                4.5 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.72N/91.17W        
WESTBY 3ENE                  4.2 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.67N/90.81W        
VALLEY                       4.0 IN    0830 AM 03/23   43.64N/90.54W        
2 NE VALLEY                  4.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.66N/90.51W        
HILLSBORO WSW                3.0 IN    0700 AM 03/23   43.65N/90.35W        

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.
NWS LA CROSSE WI
Last modified: March 23, 2015
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