Blizzard: November 18, 2016

Weather Map for 9am November 18, 2016
Weather Map for 9am November 18, 2016
Courtesy: NOAA

 

Winter heralded its return to Minnesota with a blizzard.

A classic "Gale of November" hit the Upper Midwest on Friday, November 18 and brought with it heavy thunderstorms and heavy snow across Minnesota. The long-anticipated storm took form over Kansas during the evening of November 17. The low pressure intensified and moved northeast and was centered over west central Wisconsin by the afternoon of Nov 18. Blizzard warnings were posted for the 18th over northern and western Minnesota.

Snow began to develop during the evening hours of the 17th over north central Minnesota and continued through the overnight hours and all day on the 18th. Visibilities were near zero at times in places like Brainerd, Willmar and Hibbing during the afternoon. Strong thunderstorms developed over southern and eastern Minnesota during the morning of the 18th and raced northward, dropping some rice-sized to pea-sized hail over the Twin Cities. The rain changed over the snow in the Twin Cities during the afternoon. Winds gusted to 55pm at Sky Harbor Airport on Duluth's Park Point. The highest wind gust at the Twin Cities International Airport was 59mph at around 4pm. The highest snowfall total found was 25.0 inches 5 miles east of Leader in southern Cass County.

Blizzard, Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories for November 18, 2016<
Blizzard, Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories for November 18, 2016
Courtesy:Chanhassen National Weather Service

 


 

Below is a list of winter storm reports gathered by the National Weather Service

 

Public Information Statement 
National Weather Service Duluth MN 
248 PM CST Sat Nov 19 2016 

...Snowfall Reports... 

Location                     Amount    Time/Date       Lat/Lon              
5 E Leader                   25.0 in   0830 AM 11/19   46.52N/94.55W        
3E Orr                       24.8 in   0600 AM 11/19   48.06N/92.75W        
3 S Tower                    19.0 in   0730 AM 11/19   47.76N/92.29W        
6 SSW Grand Rapids           17.5 in   0600 AM 11/19   47.14N/93.57W        
Kabetogama General Store     16.7 in   0700 AM 11/19   48.41N/93.05W        
4 ESE Casino                 16.3 in   0700 AM 11/19   46.40N/94.46W        
12 N Grand Rapids            16.0 in   0630 AM 11/19   47.40N/93.51W        
4 ESE Casino                 16.0 in   0700 AM 11/19   46.40N/94.46W        
Winton                       14.4 in   0730 AM 11/19   47.93N/91.80W        
12 N Grand Rapids            14.0 in   0630 AM 11/19   47.40N/93.51W        
Brainerd 7 NW                13.8 in   0700 AM 11/19   46.42N/94.30W        
Winton                       12.6 in   0730 AM 11/19   47.93N/91.80W        
Brainerd                     11.1 in   0700 AM 11/19   46.34N/94.21W        
14 W Isabella                11.0 in   0900 AM 11/19   47.59N/91.65W        
3 E Wright                   8.1 in    0600 AM 11/19   46.68N/92.95W        
Gile                         7.3 in    0221 PM 11/19   46.43N/90.23W        
Gunflint Lake                7.2 in    0700 AM 11/19   48.17N/90.89W        
3 SE Cotton                  5.5 in    0700 AM 11/19   47.17N/92.42W        
Oulu                         5.0 in    1000 AM 11/19   46.63N/91.53W        
Island Lake                  4.2 in    0900 AM 11/19   47.02N/92.07W        
Wolf Ridge                   4.0 in    0700 AM 11/19   47.45N/91.22W        
Duluth NWS                   3.5 in    0600 AM 11/19   46.84N/92.21W        
International Falls          3.4 in    0600 AM 11/19   48.59N/93.40W        
International Falls          3.4 in    0555 AM 11/19   48.57N/93.40W        
Silver Bay                   3.3 in    0902 AM 11/19   47.29N/91.28W        
5 NE Arnold                  3.0 in    0715 AM 11/19   46.95N/92.04W        
2 SW Lester Park             3.0 in    0730 AM 11/19   46.81N/92.06W        
Bayfield 1 Sw Wwtp           2.5 in    0800 AM 11/19   46.80N/90.84W        
Beaver Bay                   2.5 in    0830 AM 11/19   47.26N/91.30W        
1 E Esko                     2.3 in    0900 AM 11/19   46.71N/92.33W        
Madeline Island              2.1 in    0555 AM 11/19   46.78N/90.77W        
Cornucopia                   2.0 in    0450 AM 11/19   46.86N/91.10W        
5 S Herbster                 2.0 in    0600 AM 11/19   46.76N/91.26W        
Wales                        2.0 in    0704 AM 11/19   47.24N/91.75W        
1 N Park Falls               2.0 in    0700 AM 11/19   45.95N/90.45W        
11 W Drummond                1.9 in    0700 AM 11/19   46.30N/91.50W        
Ashland                      1.1 in    0700 AM 11/19   46.58N/90.88W        
4 W Clam Lake                1.0 in    0700 AM 11/19   46.17N/90.98W        
2 E Wrenshall                0.8 in    0700 AM 11/19   46.62N/92.33W        

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying 
equipment and exposures. Not all data listed are considered official. 

Public Information Statement 
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 
829 AM CST Sat Nov 19 2016 

...Snowfall Reports... 

Location                     Amount    Time/Date       Lat/Lon              
Swanville 6NW                12.2 in   0500 PM 11/18   46.00N/94.70W        
Long Prairie                 11.2 in   0600 AM 11/19   45.96N/94.89W        
Long Prairie                 11.0 in   0442 PM 11/18   45.98N/94.86W        
Miltona                      9.8 in    0400 PM 11/18   46.05N/95.29W        
Villard                      9.2 in    0345 PM 11/18   45.71N/95.27W        
2 N Sauk Centre              8.5 in    0100 AM 11/19   45.77N/94.96W        
Staples                      8.5 in    1200 PM 11/18   46.37N/94.80W        
12 WNW Donnelly              8.3 in    1135 AM 11/18   45.75N/96.25W        
Carlos 3WSW                  8.0 in    0630 AM 11/19   45.93N/95.37W        
Chokio                       7.5 in    1100 AM 11/18   45.58N/96.17W        
Morris                       7.3 in    0300 PM 11/18   45.59N/95.91W        
Little Falls                 7.0 in    0700 AM 11/19   45.97N/94.38W        
1 SW Little Falls            7.0 in    0530 PM 11/18   45.97N/94.38W        
Milan 1NW                    6.1 in    0600 PM 11/18   45.12N/95.93W        
Canby                        6.0 in    1140 AM 11/18   44.72N/96.27W        
Rice                         6.0 in    0700 AM 11/19   45.76N/94.21W        
2 NW Foreston                5.5 in    0505 PM 11/18   45.75N/93.74W        
Goodhue                      5.0 in    0830 PM 11/18   44.40N/92.62W        
1 SW Little Falls            5.0 in    0200 PM 11/18   45.97N/94.38W        
Isanti                       5.0 in    1140 PM 11/18   45.49N/93.25W        
St. Cloud AP                 4.1 in    0553 AM 11/19   45.54N/94.05W        
Sauk Rapids                  4.0 in    0400 PM 11/18   45.59N/94.17W        
St. Cloud AP                 3.9 in    0553 PM 11/18   45.54N/94.05W        
Redwood Falls                2.8 in    0645 PM 11/18   44.54N/95.11W        
2 NE Montrose                2.5 in    0415 PM 11/18   45.09N/93.88W        
Brooklyn Center 1E           2.4 in    0700 AM 11/19   45.07N/93.29W        
5 E St. Cloud                2.3 in    0600 PM 11/18   45.55N/94.06W        
Chokio                       2.0 in    0930 AM 11/18   45.58N/96.18W        
Little Falls                 2.0 in    1139 AM 11/18   45.98N/94.36W        
Silver Lake 1NNW             1.7 in    0700 AM 11/19   44.93N/94.20W        
5 E St. Cloud                1.6 in    1200 PM 11/18   45.55N/94.06W        
Kimball 3N                   1.5 in    0600 AM 11/19   45.35N/94.31W        
2 SSW Victoria               1.3 in    0525 PM 11/18   44.85N/93.67W        
1 SE Brooklyn Park           1.0 in    0457 PM 11/18   45.10N/93.34W        
Chanhassen (NWS)             0.8 in    0600 AM 11/19   44.85N/93.56W        
Waconia                      0.8 in    0600 AM 11/19   44.85N/93.80W        
Chanhassen (NWS)             0.8 in    0600 PM 11/18   44.85N/93.56W        
1 SSW Chanhassen             0.8 in    0600 PM 11/18   44.85N/93.56W        
1 S Maple Grove              0.8 in    0400 PM 11/18   45.10N/93.46W        
North St Paul 1NNW           0.6 in    0630 AM 11/19   45.03N/93.01W        
Sveadahl 5NNW                0.3 in    0700 AM 11/19   44.15N/94.79W        
Minneapolis-St. Paul AP-MSP  0.3 in    0553 AM 11/19   44.88N/93.23W        
Becker 2 NNW                 0.2 in    1030 AM 11/18   45.41N/93.88W        
3 W Mendota Heights          0.2 in    0600 PM 11/18   44.88N/93.21W        
Owatonna                     0.2 in    0700 AM 11/19   44.09N/93.21W        
Minneapolis-St. Paul AP-MSP  0.2 in    0553 PM 11/18   44.88N/93.23W        
Woodbury                     0.1 in    0700 AM 11/19   44.93N/92.92W        
Ladysmith 2WNW               0.1 in    0700 AM 11/19   45.48N/91.15W        

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying 
equipment and exposures. Not all data listed are considered official.



Public Information Statement 
National Weather Service Duluth MN 
228 PM CST Fri Nov 18 2016 

...Wind Reports Over the Past 12 Hours... 

Location                     Speed     Time/Date                            
Sky Harbor Airport           55 MPH    1054 AM 11/18                        
Devils Island                54 MPH    1100 AM 11/18                        
Robinson                     53 MPH    1130 AM 11/18                        
Ashland Airport              49 MPH    0813 AM 11/18                        
Bayfield                     47 MPH    1132 AM 11/18                        
Superior Airport             44 MPH    1035 AM 11/18                        
Siren                        44 MPH    0135 PM 11/18                        
Brainerd Airport             43 MPH    0136 PM 11/18                        
Hinckley Airport             41 MPH    0213 PM 11/18                        
Duluth RWIS                  40 MPH    0900 AM 11/18                        
Pine River Airport           39 MPH    0833 AM 11/18                        
Aitkin Airport               39 MPH    0132 PM 11/18                        
Duluth Airport               38 MPH    0933 AM 11/18                        
Washburn RAWS                38 MPH    1102 AM 11/18                        
Chisholm-Hibbing Airport     38 MPH    1218 PM 11/18                        
The Bay Of Grand Marais      38 MPH    1201 PM 11/18                        
Moose Lake Airport           36 MPH    0213 PM 11/18                        
Hayward Airport              36 MPH    0454 AM 11/18                        
Dads Corner                  35 MPH    0200 PM 11/18                        
Makinen                      35 MPH    1228 PM 11/18                        
Cloquet                      35 MPH    0115 PM 11/18                        

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying 
equipment and exposures. Not all data listed are considered official. 


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