Large winter storm drops much needed moisture
Sunday’s winter storm dropped a month’s worth of February moisture in one day, the state climatology office reported.
The Minnesota Climatology office characterized the storm as a “large, lumbering winter storm” bringing badly needed precipitation to the state.
“Some impressive liquid totals were found as well with some areas receiving over an inch of liquid from this storm,” the climatology office reported. “Normal February precipitation ranges from about a half inch in the northwest part of the state, to an inch in the far southeast.”
This storm formed over Nebraska and Kansas before moving northeast. By Sunday, the snow storm’s center was over south central Minnesota.
Blizzard warnings were issued across parts of western and southern Minnesota with a number of highways closed because of zero visibility and dangerous driving conditions.
The climatology office, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, reported the highest snowfall was in the west central city of Rothsay with 21 inches. Underwood, in Otter Tail County, reported 17 inches of snow. Bemidji and Itasca State Park received 16 inches of fresh powder. Twin Cities suburbs received about 3-4 inches. The Twin Cities had rain, sleet and snow with the storm getting a heavy wet snow Sunday. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reported 2.3 inches of snow.
Monday, the National Weather Service updated snow storm totals:
■ 11.8 inches Little Falls.
■ 11.5 inches Wadena.
■ 11.7 inches Deer Creek.
■ 9.5 inches Hillman.
■ 9 inches Motley.
■ 8.5 inches Fort Ripley.
■ 7.4 inches Long Prairie.
■ 7 inches Milaca.
■ 6.5 inches Brainerd.
■ 5.5 inches Aitkin.
Tuesday should provide a break from cloudy skies with the forecast calling for sun and a high near 29 degrees. Wednesday could be the warmest day of the week with a high flirting with 33 degrees. By Wednesday night, there could be more snow to shovel if the forecast for snow, mainly afternoon and at night, pans out. There is a 30 percent chance for snow Wednesday, growing to 40 percent Wednesday night. The chance for snow persists Thursday. The forecast calls for partly sunny days and temps in the mid-teens for the end of the week extending into the weekend. By Presidents Day, the chance for snow returns and the day should be warmer with a high near 25, providing an opportunity to enjoy the snow.