Heavy Snow in Northern Minnesota: January 28-29, 2013

A narrow band of heavy snow fell from Fargo to just east of International Falls from around noon on January 28th to the early morning hours of the 29th. This snow was associated with a strong cold front over eastern North Dakota. The heaviest snowfall was in a band about 40 miles wide from Wilkin County northeastward to Koochiching County. Six to ten inches of snow were reported in this band. The deepest snow report found so far in Minnesota include a foot of snow at a station 12 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes and also at Pennington.

Below are Public Information Statements from the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND FORKS ND
104 PM CST TUE JAN 29 2013

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM YESTERDAY INTO EARLY THIS MORNING...

A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW ASSOCIATED WITH A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
TRACKING FROM THE CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES FELL
ACROSS FAR SOUTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA NORTHEASTWARD TOWARDS DETROIT
LAKES AND BEMIDJI YESTERDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY TODAY. A NARROW BAND
OF 10 TO 13 INCHES OCCURRED WITHIN THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL...WITH
LESSER AMOUNTS ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS BAND. A SHARP CUT-OFF IN SNOW
TOTALS OCCURRED ON THE EDGES OF THE SNOW BAND...WITH LITTLE OR NO
SNOW FALLING NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM VALLEY CITY TO HILLSBORO
NORTHWARD INTO THE NORTHERN RED RIVER VALLEY.

THESE REPORTS WERE GATHERED FROM COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...COCORAHS
OBSERVERS...WEATHER SPOTTERS...AND SOCIAL MEDIA SOURCES.

NORTH DAKOTA...
LOCATION:                   INCHES

MOORETON 4S..................13.0
COLFAX.......................10.5
LIDGERWOOD...................10.0
CAYUGA........................9.0
HAVANA........................8.6
ABERCROMBIE...................8.0
KINDRED.......................7.1
FORMAN........................7.0
MCLEOD........................6.0
FARGO 1ESE....................5.0
HARWOOD.......................3.5

MINNESOTA...
LOCATION:                   INCHES

DETROIT LAKES 12NE...........12.0
PENNINGTON...................12.0
BEMIDJI 3E...................11.5
LAPORTE......................11.0
BRECKENRIDGE 3SE.............10.5
LAKE ITASCA..................10.0
PUPOSKY......................10.0
VERGAS.......................10.0
ROTHSAY......................10.0
PELICAN RAPIDS................9.5
LONG LOST LAKE................9.0
ROCHERT 13NNE.................8.8
TWIN VALLEY...................7.8
FERGUS FALLS 1NE..............7.5
RED LAKE 5S...................7.0
HAWLEY 9SSE...................6.8
LAKE PARK.....................6.2
BAGLEY........................6.0
SABIN.........................5.8
MOORHEAD......................5.4
MENAHGA 2WSW..................5.0
SEBEKA........................4.0
NEW YORK MILLS................4.0
BATTLE LAKE 2SSE..............3.0
DEER CREEK 2WSW...............3.0
WADENA........................2.5
ERSKINE 8SW...................2.0



PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
955 AM CST TUE JAN 29 2013


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
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
 11.00   DIXON LAKE               MN  ITASCA           0916 AM
 10.50   1 WNW TOWN OF CASS LAKE  MN  CASS             0859 AM
 10.00   BIGFORK                  MN  ITASCA           0627 AM
  8.50   5 S LITTLEFORK           MN  KOOCHICHING      0905 AM
  8.30   3 S NORTHOME             MN  ITASCA           0832 AM
  8.00   14 SE INTERNATIONAL FAL  MN  KOOCHICHING      0826 AM
                 MEASURED AT KETTLE FALLS
  8.00   2 SSW KABETOGAMA         MN  ST. LOUIS        0659 AM
  7.60   7 S BIGFORK              MN  ITASCA           0826 AM
  7.00   1 S WALKER               MN  CASS             0742 AM
  6.50   TOGO                     MN  ITASCA           0825 AM
  6.50   INTERNATIONAL FALLS      MN  KOOCHICHING      0728 AM
  6.40   INTERNATIONAL FALLS      MN  KOOCHICHING      0550 AM
                 3 INCHES SINCE MIDNIGHT.
  6.30   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0556 AM
                 STILL SNOWING.
  6.10   3 W INDUS                MN  KOOCHICHING      0908 AM
  6.00   1 NNW FEDERAL DAM        MN  CASS             0910 AM
  5.80   1 N HACKENSACK           MN  CASS             0759 AM
  5.50   12 N GRAND RAPIDS        MN  ITASCA           0717 AM
  5.50   DEER RIVER               MN  ITASCA           0638 AM
  4.30   HACKENSACK               MN  CASS             0655 AM
  4.10   POKEGAMA DAM             MN  ITASCA           0827 AM
  4.00   8 W REMER                MN  CASS             0916 AM
  4.00   8 ENE COOK               MN  ST. LOUIS        0627 AM
  1.40   2 NE GRAND RAPIDS        MN  ITASCA           0634 AM
  1.00   EMBARRASS                MN  ST. LOUIS        0556 AM
  0.80   5 N BABBITT              MN  ST. LOUIS        0809 AM
  0.50   CROSSLAKE                MN  CROW WING        0835 AM
  0.50   7 NW BRAINERD            MN  CROW WING        0827 AM
  0.50   LUTSEN                   MN  COOK             0813 AM


SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  0.20   BAYFIELD                 WI  BAYFIELD         0644 AM
  0.13   MERCER                   WI  IRON             0554 AM
  0.10   1 WSW SAXON              WI  IRON             0655 AM
  0.03   1 E ALBORN               MN  ST. LOUIS        0500 AM