Winter Storm - December 2-4, 2013

A long-duration snow event dumps significant snow over northeast Minnesota, and accumulating snow for much of the state.

A complex storm system brought one to two feet of snow over northeast Minnesota, with much of the state also seeing a fresh blanket of snow. The snow began in the early morning hours of December 2nd and was nearly continuous in northeast Minnesota through December 4. The main storm began to take shape over Oklahoma on December 3 and moved to northeastern Iowa by the afternoon of December 4. In south central and southeastern Minnesota, including parts of the Twin Cities, mixed precipitation and freezing rain fell as well. As of 4pm, the highest snowfall totals found in Minnesota so far from the prolonged storm was 35.3 inches 7 miles north of Two Harbors in Lake County. The National Weather Service Office in Duluth reported 23.3 inches of snow for a three day total from December 2-4. Duluth schools were canceled for two days on the 3rd and the 4th.

The Twin Cities Metro was on the southern fringe of the heavy snow with the highest totals in the north and western suburbs. The Twin Cities International Airport measured 4.1 inches on December 4. with some totals by the afternoon from 4 to 6 inches in the north and western suburbs. Southeast Minnesota missed most of the snow, but had to contend with rain and dense fog.

National Weather Service Storm Summaries


Listed below are Public Information Statements from the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
937 PM CST WED DEC 04 2013

...LATEST SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM AROUND THE NORTHLAND...

THE SNOW TOTALS BELOW ARE PRELIMINARY...AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.


SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
 33.20   7 NW TWO HARBORS         MN  LAKE             0711 PM

 33.00   10 N TWO HARBORS         MN  LAKE             0700 PM
 28.60   DULUTH HEIGHTS           MN  ST. LOUIS        0715 PM

 24.50   SE LESTER PARK DULUTH    MN  ST. LOUIS        0652 PM

 21.70   ASKOV                    MN  PINE             0624 PM

 21.60   5 NW DULUTH              MN  ST. LOUIS        0600 PM

 21.00   CANYON                   MN  ST. LOUIS        0718 PM

 18.50   4 E CORNUCOPIA           WI  BAYFIELD         0730 PM

 18.50   CLOQUET                  MN  CARLTON          0632 PM
 18.00   POPLAR                   WI  DOUGLAS          0850 PM
 17.00   3 SSE SOUTH RANGE        WI  DOUGLAS          0850 PM
 17.00   MOOSE LAKE               MN  CARLTON          0708 PM
 16.50   2 SW HINCKLEY            MN  PINE             0635 PM

 16.00   7 SE SUPERIOR            WI  DOUGLAS          0910 PM

 14.50   4 N GRANTSBURG           WI  BURNETT          0810 PM

 14.00   7 E GRAND RAPIDS         MN  ITASCA           0924 PM
 12.80   MCKINLEY                 MN  ST. LOUIS        0902 PM
 12.10   SARONA                   WI  WASHBURN         0717 PM

 11.00   FORT RIPLEY              MN  CROW WING        0932 PM
 11.00   LARSMONT                 MN  LAKE             0842 PM
 11.00   3 N BRAINERD             MN  CROW WING        0600 PM

 10.70   WEBB LAKE                WI  BURNETT          0653 PM

 10.50   3 E ORR                  MN  ST. LOUIS        0600 PM
  9.80   MERCER                   WI  IRON             0919 PM

  6.00   SEELEY                   WI  SAWYER           0658 PM

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
911 PM CST WED DEC 04 2013

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

0115 PM     SNOW             SHOREVIEW               45.08N 93.14W
12/04/2013  E3.0 INCH        RAMSEY             MN   PUBLIC

0130 PM     SNOW             1 SSE VICTORIA          44.85N 93.66W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        CARVER             MN   NWS EMPLOYEE

0139 PM     SNOW             REDWOOD FALLS           44.54N 95.11W
12/04/2013  M5.6 INCH        REDWOOD            MN   PUBLIC

0140 PM     SNOW             PLYMOUTH                45.02N 93.46W
12/04/2013  E4.8 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   PUBLIC

0145 PM     SNOW             WSW ST JAMES            43.98N 94.63W
12/04/2013  M3.5 INCH        WATONWAN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0148 PM     SNOW             LITTLE CANADA           45.02N 93.08W
12/04/2013  E4.0 INCH        RAMSEY             MN   PUBLIC

0202 PM     SNOW             COMFREY                 44.11N 94.90W
12/04/2013  M5.0 INCH        BROWN              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0208 PM     SNOW             ALEXANDRIA              45.87N 95.38W
12/04/2013  E5.5 INCH        DOUGLAS            MN   PUBLIC

0213 PM     SNOW             LAFAYETTE               44.45N 94.39W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        NICOLLET           MN   PUBLIC

0215 PM     SNOW             WACONIA                 44.85N 93.79W
12/04/2013  M5.4 INCH        CARVER             MN   NWS EMPLOYEE

0215 PM     SNOW             EDINA                   44.89N 93.36W
12/04/2013  M2.9 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   PUBLIC

0227 PM     SNOW             BLAINE                  45.17N 93.21W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        ANOKA              MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0252 PM     SNOW             WINSTED                 44.97N 94.05W
12/04/2013  M6.3 INCH        MCLEOD             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0252 PM     SNOW             CAMBRIDGE               45.56N 93.23W
12/04/2013  M4.1 INCH        ISANTI             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            4.1 INCHES TODAY... 7 INCHES SINCE MONDAY

0300 PM     SNOW             BURNSVILLE              44.76N 93.28W
12/04/2013  M2.8 INCH        DAKOTA             MN   PUBLIC

0313 PM     SNOW             MADELIA                 44.05N 94.42W
12/04/2013  M3.0 INCH        WATONWAN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0323 PM     SNOW             EAST BETHEL             45.34N 93.20W
12/04/2013  E4.7 INCH        ANOKA              MN   PUBLIC

0328 PM     SNOW             2 N SAUK CENTRE         45.77N 94.96W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        STEARNS            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0342 PM     SNOW             MANKATO                 44.17N 93.99W
12/04/2013  M2.0 INCH        BLUE EARTH         MN   BROADCAST MEDIA

0344 PM     SNOW             CHASKA                  44.82N 93.61W
12/04/2013  M5.9 INCH        CARVER             MN   PUBLIC

0347 PM     SNOW             7 NE MAPLE LAKE         45.30N 93.90W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            0.71 INCH LIQUID EQUIVALENT

0400 PM     SNOW             DELANO                  45.04N 93.79W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0401 PM     SNOW             NEW HOPE                45.04N 93.39W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0408 PM     SNOW             NEW PRAGUE              44.55N 93.57W
12/04/2013  M3.5 INCH        SCOTT              MN   PUBLIC

0430 PM     SNOW             VICTORIA                44.86N 93.66W
12/04/2013  M6.3 INCH        CARVER             MN   PUBLIC

0433 PM     SNOW             WINTHROP                44.54N 94.36W
12/04/2013  E7.0 INCH        SIBLEY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0447 PM     SNOW             SAUK RAPIDS             45.59N 94.17W
12/04/2013  M5.0 INCH        BENTON             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            UPDATED TOTAL

0500 PM     SNOW             CHANHASSEN              44.86N 93.54W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        CARVER             MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            OFFICIAL NWS STORM TOTAL.

0520 PM     SNOW             1 W VICTORIA            44.86N 93.69W
12/04/2013  M6.8 INCH        CARVER             MN   NWS EMPLOYEE

0520 PM     SNOW             DEEPHAVEN               44.93N 93.52W
12/04/2013  M6.3 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   BROADCAST MEDIA

            SNOW HAS ENDED.

0542 PM     SNOW             NORTH ST PAUL           45.01N 93.00W
12/04/2013  M4.4 INCH        RAMSEY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            UPDATED TOTAL

0548 PM     SNOW             CARVER                  44.76N 93.63W
12/04/2013  M5.7 INCH        CARVER             MN   NWS EMPLOYEE

0553 PM     SNOW             7 S HILLMAN             45.91N 93.89W
12/04/2013  M9.2 INCH        MORRISON           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL.

0558 PM     SNOW             SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS       44.93N 93.27W
12/04/2013  M4.8 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL.

0559 PM     SNOW             RENVILLE                44.79N 95.21W
12/04/2013  M5.2 INCH        RENVILLE           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0559 PM     SNOW             SACRED HEART            44.78N 95.35W
12/04/2013  M5.2 INCH        RENVILLE           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0600 PM     SNOW             MSP INTL AIRPORT        44.89N 93.23W
12/04/2013  M4.1 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            STORM TOTAL.

0600 PM     SNOW             ST CLOUD AIRPORT        45.54N 94.05W
12/04/2013  M5.0 INCH        SHERBURNE          MN   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            STORM TOTAL OCCURRED AT THE PRISON.

0612 PM     SNOW             1 S HANOVER             45.14N 93.66W
12/04/2013  M6.4 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   PUBLIC

0642 PM     SNOW             MONTICELLO              45.30N 93.80W
12/04/2013  M7.0 INCH        WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL.

0645 PM     SNOW             GLENCOE                 44.77N 94.15W
12/04/2013  M7.0 INCH        MCLEOD             MN   PUBLIC

0645 PM     SNOW             WILLMAR                 45.12N 95.05W
12/04/2013  M3.5 INCH        KANDIYOHI          MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0700 PM     SNOW             WACONIA                 44.85N 93.79W
12/04/2013  M6.9 INCH        CARVER             MN   NWS EMPLOYEE

0734 PM     SNOW             OTSEGO                  45.29N 93.61W
12/04/2013  M6.1 INCH        WRIGHT             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 PM     SNOW             RICHFIELD               44.88N 93.28W
12/04/2013  M4.3 INCH        HENNEPIN           MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL.

0815 PM     SNOW             RICE LAKE               45.50N 91.74W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        BARRON             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0821 PM     SNOW             EAST FARMINGTON         45.25N 92.70W
12/04/2013  M7.0 INCH        POLK               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

0845 PM     SNOW             RAMSEY                  45.26N 93.45W
12/04/2013  E7.5 INCH        ANOKA              MN   PUBLIC


RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
153 AM CDT THU DEC 5 2013

...RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT GRAND FORKS INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT ND...

 A RECORD DAILY SNOWFALL OF 7.3 INCHES WAS SET AT GRAND FORKS
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY.  THE OLD RECORD WAS 6.2 INCHES SET
IN 2007.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN ND/GRAND FORKS ND
911 PM CST WED DEC 04 2013

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

0910 PM     SNOW             6 N BEMIDJI             47.57N 94.88W
12/04/2013  E8.0 INCH        BELTRAMI           MN   PUBLIC

            SNOWFALL SINCE 6 PM TUESDAY -- STILL SNOWING. 3 DAY
            SNOWFALL 16 INCHES


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN ND/GRAND FORKS ND
911 PM CST WED DEC 04 2013

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

0600 PM     SNOW             8 S FAIRMOUNT           45.94N 96.60W
12/04/2013  E7.0 INCH        RICHLAND           ND   PUBLIC

            SNOWFALL SINCE 6 PM TUESDAY -- STILL SNOWING

0700 PM     SNOW             WADENA                  46.44N 95.13W
12/04/2013  M6.0 INCH        WADENA             MN   PUBLIC

            SNOWFALL SINCE 6 PM TUESDAY -- STILL SNOWING. 3 DAY
            SNOWFALL 16.5 INCHES