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Biggest snow since early December

February 21, 2012

    I could see most of my lawn yesterday morning, but now it’s covered with a blanket of snow.  It was fun to watch the snow falling last evening, with gusty winds blowing it sideways at times.  Roads were slick while it was snowing,  but the main roads are just wet, not slippery, at midday today.

    The “storm” total at MSP airport was 2.7 inches. Hard to believe, but that is our biggest official snowfall in the Twin Cities in over two and a half months.  You have to go all the way back to December 3 and early December 4, when we saw 4.4” at MSP, for a higher snow total.  Snow totals were over 4 inches in parts of the metro area Monday evening.  Here is a list of snow totals, from the Twin Cities National Weather Service office:  

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1125 AM CST TUE FEB 21 2012

…SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR FEBRUARY 20TH AND 21ST…

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW…AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES…THEN BY AMOUNT…AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
——  ———————–  —  ————–   ——-
  5.50   SW MILLERVILLE           MN  DOUGLAS          0602 AM
  5.20   MORA                     MN  KANABEC          0700 AM
  5.00   PLYMOUTH                 MN  HENNEPIN         0349 AM
  4.80   2 ENE PLYMOUTH           MN  HENNEPIN         0700 AM
  4.70   SW LONG LAKE             MN  HENNEPIN         0635 AM
  4.50   1 NNW CRYSTAL            MN  HENNEPIN         0700 AM
  4.50   1 NNW NORTH ST PAUL      MN  RAMSEY           0630 AM
  4.50   NORTH ST PAUL            MN  RAMSEY           0539 AM
  4.10   NEW HOPE                 MN  HENNEPIN         0732 AM
  4.00   ST LOUIS PARK            MN  HENNEPIN         0847 AM
  4.00   1 NE STILLWATER          MN  WASHINGTON       0800 AM
  4.00   SPRINGFIELD              MN  BROWN            0747 AM
  4.00   STILLWATER               MN  WASHINGTON       0700 AM
  3.80   INVER GROVE HEIGHTS      MN  DAKOTA           0747 AM
  3.80   1 ENE INVER GROVE HEIGH  MN  DAKOTA           0700 AM
  3.80   1 WNW RICHFIELD          MN  HENNEPIN         0500 AM
  3.70   1 N WOODBURY             MN  WASHINGTON       0700 AM
  3.60   5 NW MORA                MN  KANABEC          0847 AM
  3.50   RUSH CITY                MN  CHISAGO          0732 AM
  3.50   MILACA                   MN  MILLE LACS       0730 AM
  3.50   3 SE LAKE ELMO           MN  WASHINGTON       0700 AM
  3.50   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0540 AM
                 MEASURED AT THE NWS FORECAST OFFICE
  3.40   CHASKA                   MN  CARVER           0600 AM
  3.10   ONAMIA                   MN  MILLE LACS       0800 AM
  3.10   LONG PRAIRIE             MN  TODD             0600 AM
  3.00   1 ESE CHASKA             MN  CARVER           0820 AM
  3.00   1 ENE ST MICHAEL         MN  WRIGHT           0800 AM
  3.00   3 N BOYCEVILLE           WI  DUNN             0800 AM
  3.00   CARLOS                   MN  DOUGLAS          0747 AM
  3.00   WSW LITTLE CANADA        MN  RAMSEY           0730 AM
  3.00   3 N CAMBRIDGE            MN  ISANTI           0700 AM
  3.00   HOLCOMBE                 WI  CHIPPEWA         0700 AM
  3.00   BALDWIN                  WI  ST. CROIX        0700 AM
  3.00   1 SSW RIVER FALLS        WI  PIERCE           0700 AM
  3.00   3 WNW ROSEMOUNT          MN  DAKOTA           0700 AM
  3.00   7 S HILLMAN              MN  MORRISON         0658 AM
  3.00   WACONIA                  MN  CARVER           0652 AM
  3.00   2 SW EAGAN               MN  DAKOTA           0630 AM
  3.00   NNW WATERTOWN            MN  CARVER           0445 AM
  2.90   4 NW ONAMIA              MN  MILLE LACS       0800 AM
  2.90   CARVER                   MN  CARVER           0700 AM
  2.90   FOREST LAKE              MN  WASHINGTON       0700 AM
  2.80   ROBERTS                  WI  ST. CROIX        0800 AM
  2.80   1 SW EDINA               MN  HENNEPIN         0700 AM
  2.80   1 W WOODLAND             MN  HENNEPIN         0700 AM
  2.80   MENOMONIE                WI  DUNN             0658 AM
  2.80   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0652 AM
  2.80   CAMBRIDGE                MN  ISANTI           0548 AM
  2.80   ANNANDALE                MN  WRIGHT           0500 AM
  2.80   FOREST LAKE              MN  WASHINGTON       0450 AM
  2.70   1 NNE MAPLE GROVE        MN  HENNEPIN         0730 AM
  2.70   1 SSE ROSEVILLE          MN  RAMSEY           0700 AM
  2.70   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0600 AM
  2.70   MINNEAPOLIS              MN  HENNEPIN         0557 AM
                 OBSERVED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL
                 AIRPORT
  2.60   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0640 AM
  2.60   SE LAUDERDALE            MN  HENNEPIN         0600 AM
  2.50   NW PRESCOTT              WI  PIERCE           0800 AM
  2.50   SAUK RAPIDS              MN  BENTON           0732 AM
  2.50   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0700 AM
  2.50   CLARA CITY               MN  CHIPPEWA         0700 AM
  2.50   2 SE CHETEK              WI  BARRON           0700 AM
  2.50   ST CLOUD                 MN  STEARNS          0611 AM
                 MEASURED AT THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
  2.50   ANDOVER                  MN  ANOKA            0600 AM
  2.50   3 SSE HAM LAKE           MN  ANOKA            0600 AM
  2.50   3 NE BURNSVILLE          MN  DAKOTA           0600 AM
  2.50   4 ESE NEW PRAGUE         MN  RICE             0500 AM
  2.20   ST PAUL                  MN  RAMSEY           0841 AM
  2.20   2 WNW LADYSMITH          WI  RUSK             0700 AM
  2.20   ST CLOUD                 MN  STEARNS          0600 AM
                 MEASURED AT ST CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
  2.00   ELK MOUND                WI  DUNN             0815 AM
  2.00   MORRIS                   MN  STEVENS          0800 AM
  2.00   6 ESE DRESSER            WI  POLK             0800 AM
  2.00   BLOOMER                  WI  CHIPPEWA         0800 AM
  2.00   DURAND                   WI  PEPIN            0800 AM
  2.00   STANLEY                  WI  CHIPPEWA         0800 AM
  2.00   1 SE NORTHFIELD          MN  RICE             0737 AM
  2.00   SW ELLENDALE             MN  STEELE           0700 AM
  2.00   DUNDAS                   MN  RICE             0700 AM
  2.00   RICE                     MN  BENTON           0700 AM
  2.00   MONTEVIDEO               MN  CHIPPEWA         0700 AM
  2.00   1 SW LITTLE FALLS        MN  MORRISON         0635 AM
  2.00   LITTLE FALLS             MN  MORRISON         0630 AM
  2.00   1 SSW LONSDALE           MN  RICE             0600 AM
  2.00   KIMBALL                  MN  STEARNS          0600 AM
  2.00   3 ENE MONTGOMERY         MN  RICE             0530 AM
  2.00   5 NNE BIG LAKE           MN  SHERBURNE        0500 AM
  1.90   WILLMAR                  MN  KANDIYOHI        0600 AM
  1.90   JIM FALLS                WI  CHIPPEWA         0530 AM
  1.80   AUGUSTA                  WI  EAU CLAIRE       0800 AM
  1.80   1 S HAMPTON              MN  DAKOTA           0800 AM
  1.80   MELROSE                  MN  STEARNS          0700 AM
  1.70   ALBERT LEA               MN  FREEBORN         0800 AM
  1.70   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0600 AM
  1.60   JORDAN                   MN  SCOTT            0530 AM
  1.50   1 WNW GREEN ISLE         MN  SIBLEY           0800 AM
  1.50   SHERBURN                 MN  MARTIN           0700 AM
  1.50   9 NNE BIRD ISLAND        MN  RENVILLE         0630 AM
  1.50   5 SE PRIOR LAKE          MN  SCOTT            0556 AM
  1.50   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0515 AM
  1.50   REDWOOD FALLS            MN  REDWOOD          0500 AM
  1.40   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       1000 AM
  1.40   1 SSE SARTELL            MN  STEARNS          0700 AM
  1.40   5 NNE WILLMAR            MN  KANDIYOHI        0700 AM
  1.30   E OWATONNA               MN  STEELE           0630 AM
  1.20   NE FAIRMONT              MN  MARTIN           0700 AM
  1.00   WINNEBAGO                MN  FARIBAULT        0800 AM
  1.00   ZUMBROTA                 MN  GOODHUE          0700 AM
  1.00   HUTCHINSON               MN  MCLEOD           0700 AM
  1.00   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0600 AM
  1.00   1 NNW COLD SPRING        MN  STEARNS          0600 AM

   Here is a map of the snowfall: 

   We could see some flakes at times the remainder of this week,  but forecasters are also looking carefully at computer models which show the potential for a snowstorm in the upper midwest Sunday and Sunday night.  Double-digit snowfall totals are possible in some spots, including the Twin Cities, late this weekend.  The storm could take a different track, but you’ll want to pay attention to forecasts as we get closer to the weekend.

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