Snow totals compiled by the National Weather Service:
INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME ------ ----------------------- -- -------------- ------- 11.00 EDEN PRAIRIE MN HENNEPIN 1030 AM 11.00 1 SSW WYOMING MN CHISAGO 0400 PM 10.10 NEW HOPE MN HENNEPIN 0102 PM 10.00 MONTGOMERY MN LE SUEUR 1130 AM STILL SNOWING. 10.00 3 N FOREST LAKE MN CHISAGO 0104 PM SO FAR 10.00 SW BURNSVILLE MN DAKOTA 0216 PM 9.80 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0510 PM 9.50 NEW MARKET MN SCOTT 0258 PM 9.40 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 0445 PM 9.40 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 0510 PM 9.20 ST LOUIS PARK MN HENNEPIN 0605 PM 9.00 3 NNW MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 1243 PM STORM TOTAL SO FAR 9.00 CHISAGO CITY MN CHISAGO 0301 PM 8.90 2 W PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 1239 PM 8.60 MADELIA MN WATONWAN 1025 AM 8.50 1 SE CHASKA MN CARVER 0112 PM 8.50 EDINA MN HENNEPIN 0505 PM 8.30 5 SE ELK RIVER MN ANOKA 0148 PM 8.20 WACONIA MN CARVER 0426 PM TOTAL SO FAR 8.00 WINNEBAGO MN FARIBAULT 1010 AM STILL SNOWING LIGHTLY. 7.50 2 ESE MINNETONKA MN HENNEPIN 1115 AM GLEN LAKE AREA. 7.30 BLOOMINGTON MN HENNEPIN 1248 PM 7.00 GLENCOE MN MCLEOD 0150 PM 7.00 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0335 PM 6.80 2 NNE RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 1030 AM 6.50 1 ENE INVER GROVE HEIGH MN DAKOTA 1115 AM 6.50 2 SSW CAMBRIDGE MN ISANTI 1239 PM 6.50 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0505 PM 6.20 ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0505 PM 6.00 JANESVILLE MN WASECA 1027 AM 6.00 5 S FARMINGTON MN DAKOTA 0505 PM 5.50 LEWISVILLE MN WATONWAN 1015 AM STILL SNOWING. 5.40 CHAMPLIN MN HENNEPIN 0335 PM 5.00 1 E CUMBERLAND WI BARRON 0205 PM 4.70 5 NE FOREST LAKE MN CHISAGO 1245 PM 4.50 2 N ELKO MN SCOTT 0139 PM IN PAST 6 HOURS...7.5 ON GROUND 4.00 CLAYTON WI POLK 1230 PM FOUR INCH BRANCH DOWN DUE TO WEIGHT OF SNOW. LIGHT SNOW STILL FALLING AT TIMES. 4.00 MORA MN KANABEC 0211 PM 3.80 11 NE WARMAN MN KANABEC 0150 PM STILL SNOWING. 3.00 1 ENE INVER GROVE HEIGH MN DAKOTA 1237 PM SNOW DEPTH 8.5 3.00 WNW FARIBAULT MN RICE 0112 PM 1.70 7 S HILLMAN MN MORRISON 0313 PM 1.00 7 S HILLMAN MN MORRISON 0130 PM MAINLY ON GRASSY SURFACES.
A Real Snowstorm! Residents of the Twin Cities were starting to wonder if we would ever see a "real storm" here - it's been a long time, snow has come in dribs and drabs in recent years, 2003-2004 the last "above average" winter with over 66" of snow. Well, Saturday we got a subtle (yet blunt) reminder that La Nina is kicking in, a cooling phase in the Pacific that tends to correlate with snowier winters across the Upper Midwest. Will this continue? No idea - no more big storms in sight between now and Thanksgiving. Today's storm (which took a perfect track - for snow - from Des Moines to Eau Claire) continues to wrap moisture around it's counterclockwise circulation, but the north-south bands of snow are weakening - little additional accumulation expected.
Storm Downgraded. The NWS has lifted the warnings - the metro now under an advisory (but heavy snow continues to fall from near Hinckley to Duluth). Temperatures will dip just below the freezing mark - some (untreated) secondary roads will become very icy by daybreak.
Mankato Dumping. 10" and counting. If you want to submit a photo to the Star Tribune click over to: email@example.com
Snow Totals. Google has teamed up with NOAA to create a great interactive map that shows snow totals around the region (some of the data is old, but it's a good source for observations).
Getting Better. This Google traffic map (6:30 pm) shows improving travel conditions throughout the metro area, temperatures close enough to freezing to keep the interstates mostly-wet. Side streets are still slushy and sloppy. The good news: no arctic air is brewing behind this storm - temperatures fall only slightly by daybreak.
Biggest Pre-Thanksgiving Snowstorm Since 1991. We officially picked up 9" at MSP, meaning today's storm will go down into the record books as the biggest snowstorm (pre-Thanksgiving) in 19 years. Hey, we were due. I say that going into every winter, but today the law of averages finally caught up with us.
Winter Wonderland. This photo was taken in Excelsior, where the heavy, wet, almost cement-like snow brought down tree limbs. Email your snow photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreaded Dry Tongue. Every major storm eventually pulls dry (desert) air into its circulation, what meteorologists lovingly refer to as the "dry tongue" - a surge of dry air that pushes in from the south/southwest - thinning out the clouds and lightening up snowfall rates. The 10 am visible satellite shows dry air getting tangled up in the storm's circulation, cutting off the heavy precipitation across southeastern MN and southwestern WI. The "deformation zone", the axis of heaviest snow - is setting up right over the Twin Cities - before the day is through many suburbs will pick up that 10-12" that was predicted. Snow lovers are grinning from ear to ear - anyone who has to drive in this stuff is probably dreading the next few hours.
High Water Content Snow. Stating the obvious: there is an incredible amount of water tied up in this snow. The usual snow:liquid ratio is 10:1, but today it may be closer to 8:1, even 6:1. The closer the temperatures in the lowest mile of the atmosphere is to freezing, the larger the flakes (supercooled water droplets cause these huge flakes to stick together into mega-flakes. Bottom line: I just "shook" the shrubs on either side of our front door - trying to keep them from snapping off - you may want to brush some of the snow off of tree limbs or risk some damage in the hours ahead.