Snowstorm March 7-8, 2003
A quick snowstorm dropped 2 to 7 inches of snow mostly on Saturday, March 8 over central and southern Minnesota. The snow began late Friday evening over western Minnesota and continued to around noon Saturday over far southeast Minnesota. The highest total reported in the area was 8 inches at Ladysmith, Wisconsin and 6.5 inches at both Hutchinson and Forest Lake. Ivanhoe and Marshall in southwest Minnesota also picked up 6 to 8 inches of snow. The snow varied across the Twin Cities from a half a foot in parts of Anoka and Washington County to just 2 inches over eastern Dakota County. Officially, the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service in Chanhassen recorded 5.0 inches of snow. There were numerous accidents across the Twin Cities, despite the snow falling on a weekend. The skies became mostly sunny quickly during the afternoon on Saturday, with many places diving to below zero Saturday night.
Listed below is information on the snow from the various National Weather Service Offices serving Minnesota
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 1201 PM CDT MAR 8 2003 A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM PUSHED ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA EARLY THIS MORNING...AND CONTINUED INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN. A BLANKET OF FRESH SNOW...GENERALLY 2 TO 6 INCHES...WAS DROPPED ACROSS THE AREA. HERE ARE SOME SPECIFIC TOTALS FROM THE AREA AS OF 12PM... CITY.......................COUNTY...............AMOUNT IN INCHES LADYSMITH RUSK 8.0 HUTCHINSON MCLEOD 6.5 FOREST LAKE WASHINGTON 6.5 GRANITE FALLS YELLOW MEDICINE 6.0 SAINT JAMES WATONWAN 6.0 AMERY POLK 6.0 CUMBERLAND BARRON 5.5 MONTEVIDEO CHIPPEWA 5.5 RED WOOD FALLS REDWOOD 5.5 SPRINGFIELD BROWN 5.5 REDWOOD FALLS REDWOOD 5.5 CANBY YELLOW MEDICINE 5.5 BENSON SWIFT 5.5 NEW ULM BROWN 5.0 CHANHASSEN CARVER 5.0 ELLSWORTH PIERCE 4.5 ST CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY STEARNS 4.0 NEW PRAGUE LE SUEUR 4.0 PRIOR LAKE SCOTT 4.0 RED WING GOODHUE 4.0 WATERTOWN CARVER 4.0 MENOMONIE DUNN 4.0 BRADFORD ISANTI 4.0 MADISON LAC QUI PARLE 3.5 FAIRMONT MARTIN 3.0 NEW RICHMOND SAINT CROIX 3.0 ALBERT LEA FREEBORN 2.0 LITTLE FALLS MORRISON 2.0 MORRIS STEVENS 2.0 BLUE EARTH FARIBAULT 2.0 ALBERT LEA FREEBORN 2.0 WASECA WASECA 2.0 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 502 PM CST SAT MAR 8 2003 ...24 HOUR SNOWFALL TOTALS ACROSS THE AREA... LOCATION COUNTY SNOWFALL ...MINNESOTA... BYRON OLMSTED 3.3 CHATFIELD OLMSTEAD 1.0 COUNTYWIDE WABASHA 3.5 DODGE CENTER DODGE 2.5 FOUNTAIN FILLMORE 1.0 HIGHLAND FILLMORE 2.0 KELLOGG 7SW WABASHA 4.0 LA CRESCENT HOUSTON 2.8 LE ROY MOWER 1.0 MANTORVILLE DODGE 2.8 READS LANDING 1W WABASHA 5.0 RENO 3SW HOUSTON 2.6 ROCHESTER OLMSTEAD 2.9 ROLLINGSTONE WINONA 3.0 WINONA 3S WINONA 2.3 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD 823 PM CST SAT MAR 8 2003 HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL REPORTS FROM AROUND THE REGION AND THE TIME THE REPORT WAS RECEIVED. MINNESOTA... IVANHOE.....6 TO 8 6 AM LAKEFIELD......1.2 7 AM MARSHALL....6 TO 8 6 AM PIPESTONE...3 TO 4 6 AM WORTHINGTON....2.5 7 AM