Another Springtime Snow Storm: April 16-17 2014

Snowfall Totals for April 3-4 storm

Snowfall Totals for April 16-17 storm
Courtesy: National Weather Service

With "spring" in full swing, yet another winter storm dropped more snowfall throughout the state of Minnesota.  This storm came just two weeks after we saw as much as 12.0 inches of snow in some areas of the state.

With April bringing us temperatures well below average, we are now seeing snowfall amounts well above average.  The average snowfall for the month of April in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area is 3.1 inches.  Combining the two storm totals, some areas of the state have seen as much as 28.0 inches of snow. 

A nearly stationary intense band of snow set up from southwest through northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin as low pressure tracked just to the south.  Temperatures held steady in the upper 20s to lower 30s within the band of snow, however just to the south they reached the 40s and 50s.  A sharp rain/snow line also remained nearly stationary, which led to extreme snowfall gradients across the area.  For example, snowfall totals across Hennepin County ranged from nearly 13 inches in Rogers, MN to less than half a inch near Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Amounts were higher in the northern Twin Cities area.  Many areas in Chisago County saw upwords of a foot of snow with the highest recorded amount being 20.0 inches in North Branch.

Intense snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hours caused several traffic delays, even 1 fatality as a result of slippery road conditions.  Several schools closed early on the 16th and remained closed on the 17th.

With last years prolonged winter still fresh in people's minds, many are left wondering if this winter be over sooner rather than later.

 

Below are Storm Summaries from the National Weather Service.

 

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Reports

 

INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
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20.0 NORTH BRANCH 1 NNW  MN CHISAGO 0700 AM
19.0 ISANTI MN ISANTI 1258 AM
17.5 NORTH BRANCH MN CHISAGO 0625 AM
17.0 NORTH BRANCH 8 ENE  MN CHISAGO 0800 AM
17.0 NOWTHEN MN ANOKA 1024 PM
16.0 CAMBRIDGE MN ISANTI 0625 AM
15.9 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 0445 AM
15.0 CAMBRIDGE 3 N  MN ISANTI 0700 AM
14.8 DARWIN MN MEEKER 0623 PM
14.6 MONTICELLO MN WRIGHT 0841 PM
14.5 BIG LAKE 3 NE  MN SHERBURNE 0837 PM
14.5 MILACA MN MILLE LACS 0800 PM
14.0 FOREST LAKE 5 NE  MN CHISAGO 0700 AM
14.0 ANDOVER 4 N  MN ANOKA 0700 AM
14.0 LITCHFIELD MN MEEKER 0837 PM
14.0 ST FRANCIS MN ANOKA 0802 PM
13.8 MORA MN KANABEC 0700 AM
13.8 EAST BETHEL MN ANOKA 1046 PM
13.5 STACY 1 NW  MN CHISAGO 0700 AM
13.5 BIG LAKE 6 NNE  MN SHERBURNE 0700 AM
13.5 PRINCETON 8 ESE  MN ISANTI 0924 PM
13.5 MAPLE LAKE 2 NE  MN WRIGHT 0905 PM
13.5 ANDOVER MN ANOKA 0700 AM
13.1 OTSEGO MN WRIGHT 0600 AM
13.0 LITTLE FALLS MN MORRISON 0600 AM
13.0 KINGSTON MN MEEKER 1100 PM
13.0 STACY MN CHISAGO 0810 PM
13.0 SHELDON 2 NNW  MN SHERBURNE 0800 PM
12.7 COSMOS MN MEEKER 0700 AM
12.7 HILLMAN 8 S  MN MORRISON 1045 PM
12.7 COSMOS MN MEEKER 0810 PM
12.7 ROGERS 1 NW  MN HENNEPIN 0800 PM
12.5 MILACA MN MILLE LACS 0730 AM
12.0 ST CROIX FALLS WI POLK 0700 AM
12.0 MORA MN KANABEC 0837 PM
11.8 PRINCETON 3 E  MN MILLE LACS 0805 PM
11.5 ST MICHAEL 1 E  MN WRIGHT 0700 AM
11.3 OTSEGO 3 SE  MN WRIGHT 0813 PM
11.3 ROGERS MN HENNEPIN 0753 PM
11.0 COON RAPIDS MN ANOKA 0824 AM
11.0 PRINCETON 3 WSW  MN SHERBURNE 0700 AM
11.0 LITTLE FALLS 2 SE  MN MORRISON 0612 AM
11.0 CHAMPLIN MN HENNEPIN 0600 AM
11.0 ZIMMERMAN MN SHERBURNE 0942 PM
11.0 DAYTON MN HENNEPIN 0924 PM
10.2 MAPLE GROVE 1 NNE  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
10.0 KIMBALL MN STEARNS 0600 AM
10.0 RAMSEY MN ANOKA 0810 PM
10.0 LAKE MARIA STATE PK 4 SE MN WRIGHT 0517 PM
9.6 HAM LAKE 3 SSE  MN ANOKA 0700 AM
9.6 BLAINE MN ANOKA 1015 AM
9.6 BECKER 4 N  MN SHERBURNE 0600 AM
9.3 DASSEL MN MEEKER 0800 AM
9.2 ONAMIA MN MILLE LACS 0800 AM
9.1 MONTROSE MN WRIGHT 0806 PM
9.0 RICE MN BENTON 0700 AM
9.0 BRUCE 8 N  WI RUSK 1025 AM
8.8 SARTELL 1 SSE  MN STEARNS 0700 AM
8.7 ST CLOUD STATE UNIV MN STEARNS 0700 AM
8.7 ONAMIA 4 NW  MN MILLE LACS 0700 AM
8.5 ST CLOUD AIRPORT MN SHERBURNE 0645 AM
8.5 HAM LAKE MN ANOKA 0900 PM
8.0 PLYMOUTH 2 ENE  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
8.0 BIRD ISLAND 9 NNE  MN RENVILLE 0700 AM
8.0 HUTCHINSON MN MCLEOD 0600 AM
8.0 SARTELL MN STEARNS 0557 AM
8.0 ST JOSEPH MN STEARNS 0118 PM
7.7 RENVILLE 8 N  MN KANDIYOHI 0700 AM
7.5 CIRCLE PINES MN ANOKA 0815 AM
7.5 BLAINE 1 SW  MN ANOKA 0700 AM
7.5 DELANO MN WRIGHT 0928 PM
7.5 MAPLE GROVE 1 SW  MN HENNEPIN 0800 PM
7.5 MONTROSE 3 ESE  MN WRIGHT 0800 PM
7.2 NEW HOPE MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
6.9 RICE LAKE AIRPORT WI BARRON 0800 AM
6.9 CUMBERLAND WI BARRON 0700 AM
6.9 WILLMAR 2 N  MN KANDIYOHI 0800 AM
6.5 WATERTOWN 1 NNW  MN WRIGHT 0700 AM
6.5 WATERTOWN MN CARVER 0441 AM
6.5 MEDICINE LAKE MN HENNEPIN 0854 PM
6.1 FRIDLEY 2 SE  MN ANOKA 0200 AM
6.0 EAST FARMINGTON WI POLK 0710 AM
6.0 ALBANY MN STEARNS 0557 AM
6.0 PLYMOUTH MN HENNEPIN 1100 PM
6.0 HAUGEN WI BARRON 0931 PM
5.6 BIRD ISLAND 7 SSE  MN RENVILLE 0700 AM
5.5 HOLCOMBE WI CHIPPEWA 0700 AM
5.1 MADISON MN LAC QUI PARLE 0800 AM
5.1 NEW HOPE MN HENNEPIN 0900 PM
5.0 WILLMAR 6 NNE  MN KANDIYOHI 0700 AM
5.0 MORRIS MN STEVENS 0700 AM
5.0 CARLOS MN DOUGLAS 0600 AM
5.0 GLENWOOD MN POPE 0900 PM
4.8 WATSON 1 NE  MN CHIPPEWA 0700 AM
4.0 DAWSON MN LAC QUI PARLE 0800 AM
4.0 LADYSMITH WI RUSK 0700 AM
4.0 MONTEVIDEO MN CHIPPEWA 0700 AM
4.0 GOLDEN VALLEY 1 WSW  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
3.8 REDWOOD FALLS MN REDWOOD 0800 AM
3.0 LESTER PRAIRIE MN MCLEOD 0800 AM
3.0 MINNETRISTA 2 SSE  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
3.0 LONG PRAIRIE MN TODD 0600 AM
2.5 RICHFIELD 2 WNW  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
2.5 KENSINGTON 6 NE  MN DOUGLAS 0700 AM
2.4 ST PAUL U OF MN CAMPUS MN RAMSEY 0800 AM
2.1 CHANHASSEN NWS  MN CARVER 0700 AM
2.0 VESTA MN REDWOOD 0700 AM
2.0 GLENCOE MN MCLEOD 0700 AM
2.0 WACONIA MN CARVER 0600 AM
1.7 MAPLEWOOD MN RAMSEY 0700 AM
1.7 EDINA 1 SW  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
1.5 MINNEAPOLIS 3 SSE DWNTWN  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
1.4 NORTH ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0822 AM
1.2 CHASKA MN CARVER 0600 AM
1.1 JORDAN MN SCOTT 0530 AM
1.0 STILLWATER MN WASHINGTON 0700 AM
1.0 ROSEVILLE 2 NW  MN RAMSEY 0700 AM
1.0 PRIOR LAKE 2 W  MN SCOTT 0600 AM
0.7 SPRINGFIELD 2 NNW  MN BROWN 0700 AM
0.7 MINNEAPOLIS 4 SSW DWNTWN  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
0.5 SPRINGFIELD MN BROWN 0700 AM
0.5 RICHFIELD 1 ENE  MN HENNEPIN 0700 AM
0.5 FAIRMONT 1 NE  MN MARTIN 0700 AM
0.5 JIM FALLS WI CHIPPEWA 0555 AM
0.4 WOODBURY 3 N  MN WASHINGTON 0700 AM
0.3 STILLWATER 1 NE  MN WASHINGTON 0700 AM
0.3 MSP INTL AIRPORT MN HENNEPIN 0645 AM
Last modified: April 24, 2014

by Brandon Fudali, Climatology Volunteer
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