NWS snowfall map shows incredible snowfall totals of over 15″ in southeast Minnesota.
We’re on the board with our first big snowstorm of the season. And it’s a whopper.
This week’s storm is making some history. Consider this:
-This was the most snowfall from a single storm at Twin Cities Airport since February 28-March 2, 2007, when 12.3″ of snow was recorded.
-The 7.4″ total at MSP ties as the second highest total for an early December storm on record.
-Snowfall reports as high as 16″ to 17″ were recorded in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
-Similar totals of 16″ were recorded in Iowa.
-The sheer size and coverage of this storm was amazing. It produced winds over 100 mph and incredible snowfall totals of over 40″ in the mountain of California and 30″ in Flagstaff, Arizona.
-The intense storms central pressure dropped to 974 millibars (28.76″) in Michigan at 2pm this afternoon. That’s lower than the infamous Edmund Fitzgerald storm of November 1975 which reached 980 millibars at its height. It’s also equivalent to the central pressure of a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Records and comparisons will still flow in over the next few days. At this point it’s already clear that this storm was a history making storm for the Upper Midwest and the United States.