INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME ------ ----------------------- -- -------------- ------- 12.00 3 WSW MAPLE GROVE MN HENNEPIN 1111 PM 11.20 WACONIA MN CARVER 0600 AM 11.00 EDEN PRAIRIE MN HENNEPIN 1030 AM 11.00 1 SSW WYOMING MN CHISAGO 0400 PM 10.40 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0600 AM 10.10 NEW HOPE MN HENNEPIN 0102 PM 10.00 3 N FOREST LAKE MN CHISAGO 0104 PM 10.00 SW BURNSVILLE MN DAKOTA 0216 PM 10.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0951 AM 10.00 MONTGOMERY MN LE SUEUR 1130 AM 10.00 AMBOY MN BLUE EARTH 0930 AM 9.50 NEW MARKET MN SCOTT 0258 PM 9.50 VADNAIS HEIGHTS MN RAMSEY 0708 PM 9.40 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 0510 PM 9.20 ST LOUIS PARK MN HENNEPIN 0703 PM 9.20 NORTH BRANCH MN CHISAGO 0703 PM 9.00 3 NNW MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 1243 PM 9.00 CHISAGO CITY MN CHISAGO 0301 PM 9.00 1 NE MINNESOTA LAKE MN BLUE EARTH 0953 PM 8.90 2 W PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 1239 PM 8.60 MADELIA MN WATONWAN 1025 AM 8.50 1 SE CHASKA MN CARVER 0112 PM 8.50 EDINA MN HENNEPIN 0505 PM 8.30 5 SE ELK RIVER MN ANOKA 0148 PM 8.20 INVER GROVE HEIGHTS MN DAKOTA 0715 PM 8.00 SHAKOPEE MN SCOTT 0703 PM 7.90 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0600 AM MEASURED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. NEW DAILY RECORD EXTREME. PREVIOUS WAS 4.0 INCHES SET IN 1997. 7.30 BLOOMINGTON MN HENNEPIN 1248 PM 7.00 GLENCOE MN MCLEOD 0150 PM 7.00 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0335 PM 6.70 LAKEVILLE MN DAKOTA 0703 PM 6.20 ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0505 PM 6.00 5 S FARMINGTON MN DAKOTA 0505 PM 5.40 CHAMPLIN MN HENNEPIN 0335 PM 5.00 1 E CUMBERLAND WI BARRON 0205 PM 4.00 CLAYTON WI POLK 1230 PM 3.00 WNW FARIBAULT MN RICE 0112 PM 3.00 7 S HILLMAN MN MORRISON 1111 PM 0.90 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 1159 PM
Anatomy Of A Snowstorm. The University of Wisconsin CIMSS blog has a terrific satellite loop showing the evolution of yesterday's snowstorm. It took a perfect track for heavy snow, from Des Moines to Eau Claire - far enough east to prevent warm air from mixing in from the east and changing precipitation over to rain/sleet.
Sunday Surface Map. Don't panic - the red dots symbolize areas of "IFR" flight rules with low visibilities and low ceiling (cloud heights). The snow has already shifted north into Ontario and I don't expect any additional accumulation today.
Flashback. Here was Saturday afternoon's surface map - showing a relatively narrow (north-south oriented) band of heavy snow setting up over eastern and portions of central Minnesota. Take a careful look - warm air had completely wrapped around the storm (it was raining over most of Lake Superior!) with just enough cold air in place over Minnesota for mostly-snow. A snowstorm is a fragile dance, a delicate balance of cold air and southern moisture. Too much of either ruins the recipe and either a). pushes the track too far south/east (in the case of too much cold air) or b) sparks a changeover to rain/ice - which kills final snowfall amounts (in the case of too much southern moisture/warmth). Yesterday - for a rare, fleeting, 18 hours - the balance was PERFECT over the Twin Cities. Meanwhile St. Cloud picked up less than an inch. 1-12", over the span of 60 miles. This is why we have gray hairs - if we have any hairs at all left on the tops of our pointy little heads.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SUNDAY NIGHT: Flurries wind down, partial clearing late. Low: 25