Quick Hitter: First snow, then ice

Fast & furious. That’s the nature of our latest “quick hitting” snowstorm.

Now the next phase…ice. Expect slick roads and sidewalks to linger Tuesday morning as freezing drizzle falls overnight!

As quickly as the snow moved in Monday, it has exited much of Minnesota.

Snow lingers in northern Minnesota, and now snow and freezing drizzle (snizzle!) are the next feature of our storm for the metro and much of southern Minnesota. As the icy coating builds on TCF Bank field turf, the Vikings-Bears game is beginning to look more like a hockey game at the X with each passing minute.

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Large multi-state snow band shifting east overnight.

Pending any additional snow overnight (the radar may flare up with a few more snow showers), overall storm snowfall totals range from around 3″ at the low end near Long Prairie & St. Cloud…to 7.5″ at Madelia & Ellendale on the high end.

Metro totals are still rolling in, but so far range from 4″ in Plymouth, to as high as 6.1″ at Prior Lake.

The Huttner weather lab in Deephaven and the MSP Airport both report 4.5″ of fresh snowfall.

Here are the snowfall totals as of early Monday evening.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

616 PM CST MON DEC 20 2010

…SNOWFALL TOTALS SO FAR FOR DECEMBER 20…

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

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7.50 MADELIA MN WATONWAN 0345 PM

7.00 1 ESE OWATONNA MN STEELE 0500 PM

7.00 NNW ST CLAIR MN BLUE EARTH 0328 PM

6.10 2 W PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 0600 PM

6.00 NEW MARKET MN SCOTT 0554 PM

6.00 ST JAMES MN WATONWAN 0510 PM

6.00 NORTH MANKATO MN NICOLLET 0435 PM

6.00 2 NNE MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0410 PM

6.00 JANESVILLE MN WASECA 0300 PM

5.50 FARIBAULT MN RICE 0455 PM

5.20 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0540 PM

5.00 1 ESE CHASKA MN CARVER 0600 PM

5.00 ST MICHAEL MN WRIGHT 0551 PM

5.00 SACRED HEART MN RENVILLE 0242 PM

4.60 1 E BLOOMINGTON MN HENNEPIN 0549 PM

4.50 FARMINGTON MN DAKOTA 0607 PM

4.50 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0600 PM

TAKEN AT MINNEAPOLIS – ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

4.50 WINTHROP MN SIBLEY 0357 PM

4.50 ST JAMES MN WATONWAN 1231 PM

4.40 5 SW ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0541 PM

4.20 ANNANDALE MN WRIGHT 0531 PM

3.90 2 N WILLMAR MN KANDIYOHI 0540 PM

3.80 LAKEVILLE MN DAKOTA 0500 PM

3.70 MURDOCK MN SWIFT 0450 PM

3.30 SAUK RAPIDS MN BENTON 0515 PM

3.30 INVER GROVE HEIGHTS MN DAKOTA 0500 PM

3.30 1 W EAGAN MN DAKOTA 0408 PM

3.00 PLYMOUTH MN HENNEPIN 0415 PM

3.00 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 0404 PM

2.70 LONG PRAIRIE MN TODD 0557 PM

2.50 ST JOSEPH MN STEARNS 0420 PM

2.30 CHAMPLIN MN HENNEPIN 0335 PM

2.10 HAM LAKE MN ANOKA 0510 PM

2.00 8 S HILLMAN MN MORRISON 0559 PM

1.90 WAITE PARK MN STEARNS 0354 PM

1.00 2 S RICE LAKE WI BARRON 0551 PM

1.00 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 0330 PM

0.80 EAU CLAIRE WI EAU CLAIRE 0430 PM

Conditions should improve for Tuesday AM rush hour. Then, the forecast models are still at odds about potential snow for Thursday. One favored model steers the system south into Iowa and southern Minnesota. Another throws moisture north into the Twin Cities, with a potential for accumulation. It’s too early to tell which solution is right.

Stay safe overnight on still slick roadways!

PH

  • DM

    6:39 PM on December 20, 2010 by Paul Huttner

    “As quickly as the snow moved in Monday, it has exited much of Minnesota. ”

    Well it’s 8 PM in Grand Rapids and still snowing…

  • Pbaude

    Great information, thanks for the steadfast blogging and information.