Blizzard: January 16, 2014

Strong winds combined with light snowfall brought the need for blizzard warnings in central and western Minnesota counties on January 16. A number of locales reported whiteout conditions with zero visibility for driving. Many Minnesota highways were closed for a time due to very low visibility and development of large snow drifts. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour at some locations.

Preliminary Local Storm Reports from the National Weather Service

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
223 PM CST THU JAN 16 2014

...TIME...  ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
...DATE...  ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
           ..REMARKS..

0142 PM     BLIZZARD         4 W WORTHINGTON         43.63N 95.68W
01/16/2014                   NOBLES             MN   CO-OP OBSERVER
           VISIBILITY VARYING FROM NEAR ZERO TO 0.5 MI 

0105 PM     BLIZZARD         LUVERNE                 43.65N 96.21W
01/16/2014                   ROCK               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
           WHITE OUT CONDITIONS REPORTED 

1255 PM     BLIZZARD         IVANHOE                 44.46N 96.25W
01/16/2014                   LINCOLN            MN   EMERGENCY MNGR
           WHITE OUT CONDITIONS REPORTED 

1255 PM     BLIZZARD         MARSHALL                44.45N 95.79W
01/16/2014                   LYON               MN   EMERGENCY MNGR
           WHITE OUT BEING REPORTED IN RURAL AREAS. 

1255 PM     BLIZZARD         PIPESTONE               44.00N 96.31W
01/16/2014                   PIPESTONE          MN   EMERGENCY MNGR
           WHITEOUT CONDITIONS REPORTED 


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
303 PM CST THU JAN 16 2014

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
           ..REMARKS..


1126 AM     BLIZZARD         WHEATON                 45.81N  96.50W
01/16/2014                   TRAVERSE           MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 
           VISIBILITY BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE NEAR WHEATON DUE TO BLOWING SNOW. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. 

1136 AM     BLIZZARD         ORTONVILLE              45.30N  96.44W
01/16/2014                   BIG STONE          MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT 
           INTERMITTENT VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO IN BIG STONE COUNTY DUE TO FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.