Dome Buster: 5th biggest snowstorm for Metro

Congratulations, you’ve just witnessed (and survived) a top 5 record Twin Cities snowstorm.

An official, Dome collapsing, storm total of 17.1″ piled up at Twin Cities Airport. That’s the 5th highest storm total snowfall on record in the Twin Cities dating all the way back to 1891.

Top Fourteen Largest Snowfalls for Twin Cities

1. 28.4 inches: 1991 October 31 – November 3 (Halloween Blizzard)

2. 21.1 inches: 1985 November 29 – December 1

3. 20.0 inches: 1982 January 22 – 23

4. 17.4 inches: 1982 January 20 – 21

5. 17.1 inches: 2010 December 10 – 11

6. 16.8 inches: 1940 November 11 – 12 (Armistice Day)

7. 16.7 inches: 1985 March 3 – 4

7. 16.7 inches: 1940 March 11 – 14 (tie)

9. 16.5 inches: 1982 December 27 – 28

10. 16.0 inches: 1917 January 20 – 21

10. 16.0 inches: 1999 March 8 – 9 (tie)

12. 14.7 inches: 1985 March 31

13. 14.3 inches: 1991 November 29 – 30

14. 14.1 inches: 1952 March 22 -23

In some places the sky actually is falling! Check out the epic video of the Metrodome roof collapse.

It is also the biggest snowstorm in the Twin Cities in 19 years….since the Halloween Mega Storm dumped an all time record 28.4″ on the Twin Cities.

Osceola, WI takes the golden snow shovel award with an amazing 23″! Here are the final storm totals.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

214 PM CST SUN DEC 12 2010

…STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL TOTALS DECEMBER 10-11…

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

—— ———————– — ————– ——-

23.00 5 SE OSCEOLA WI POLK 0900 AM

21.50 NEW MARKET MN SCOTT 0942 PM

21.50 SHAKOPEE MN SCOTT 0654 PM

21.00 OAKDALE MN WASHINGTON 0335 AM

20.00 RED WING MN GOODHUE 0802 AM

20.00 MAPLEWOOD MN RAMSEY 0337 AM

19.20 EAU CLAIRE WI EAU CLAIRE 0100 PM

2624 ARTHUR STREET

18.50 4 NNE MENOMONIE WI DUNN 0945 PM

STORM TOTAL.

18.00 MENOMONIE WI DUNN 0802 AM

18.00 EAST FARMINGTON WI POLK 0630 PM

17.50 3 NW MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0100 PM

17.40 LAKEVILLE MN DAKOTA 0906 PM

17.20 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0855 AM

STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL

17.20 1 W CARVER MN CARVER 1000 PM

STORM TOTAL.

17.10 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0124 AM

MEASURED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. STORM TOTAL SNOW

17.00 EAU CLAIRE WI EAU CLAIRE 1100 AM

OTTER CREEK COURT

17.00 2 N MENOMONIE WI DUNN 0620 PM

STORM TOTAL.

16.50 SAVAGE MN SCOTT 1133 PM

16.30 HASTINGS MN DAKOTA 0826 PM

16.00 RIDGELAND WI DUNN 0100 PM

16.00 DURAND WI PEPIN 1031 PM

15.50 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0124 AM

MEASURED AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

OFFICE. STORM TOTAL SNOW.

15.20 ST LOUIS PARK MN HENNEPIN 1036 PM

15.00 1 SSW DELANO MN WRIGHT 0620 PM

STORM TOTAL

14.70 WACONIA MN CARVER 0748 AM

STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL

14.50 3 SSW WHITE BEAR LAKE MN RAMSEY 1030 PM

STORM TOTAL.

14.20 STANLEY WI CHIPPEWA 0920 AM

STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL

13.70 LESTER PRAIRIE MN MCLEOD 0935 AM

STORM TOTAL

13.50 1 ESE CHASKA MN CARVER 0700 PM

STORM TOTAL.

13.50 ELK MOUND WI DUNN 0655 PM

13.00 STILLWATER MN WASHINGTON 1200 PM

13.00 JIM FALLS WI CHIPPEWA 0935 AM

STORM TOTAL

12.50 NORTH BRANCH MN CHISAGO 1100 AM

STORM TOTAL

12.50 1 ENE CAMBRIDGE MN ISANTI 0630 PM

STORM TOTAL.

12.00 FARIBAULT MN RICE 0909 PM

11.50 ANDOVER MN ANOKA 0145 AM

STORM TOTAL.

11.00 HAUGEN WI BARRON 1130 AM

STORM TOTAL

10.00 ST JAMES MN WATONWAN 1228 PM

STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL. DRIFTS 5 FEET HIGH.

10.00 WELCOME MN MARTIN 1228 PM

DEEP DRIFTS

10.00 CUMBERLAND WI BARRON 0730 AM

STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL

9.00 VESTA MN REDWOOD 1228 PM

STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL

8.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0715 PM

STORM TOTAL.

7.00 4 S ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 0635 PM

6.00 WINTHROP MN SIBLEY 0820 PM

Here’s the NWS map.

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This weekend’s storm is also the largest December snowfall on record in the Twin Cities, according the Minnesota Climate Working Group.

“The former record was the December 27-28, 1982 storm. This was a heavy wet snow that fell mostly at night. The nighttime sky took on a pink and orange hue with heavy falling snow and occasional flashes of lightning. The Twin Cities Airport was closed for 19 hours due to this storm, the first time the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport was closed because of snow since March, 1965. The total snowfall was 16.5 inches.”

I remember cross country skiing down Minnetonka Blvd. at the height of that storm with wildly colored lightning flashing overhead in thundersnow.

Enjoy the cold but quiet weather in the wake of the storm!

PH

  • http://naleid.com/blog Ted Naleid

    What happened in 1982 that caused the #3 and #4 snowstorms to be counted as separate events?

    3. 20.0 inches: 1982 January 22 – 23

    4. 17.4 inches: 1982 January 20 – 21

    They span a 4 day period and dumped 37.4 inches of snow in that time period. The 1991 Halloween snowstorm also spanned 4 days and dumped “only” 28.4 inches.

    Was there some break in the 1982 storm of a particular period of time that caused them to be split up?

  • Paul Huttner

    Hi Ted:

    Yes…there was about a 12-18 hour break in the snowfall, and it actually was two separate low pressure systems on the weather maps.

    I was a student at Macalester College. Things were pretty much shut down…but we did manage to trudge through 3 foot drifts to make a beer run!

    PH

  • Matthew H

    Paul-

    As a fellow Mac alum, I must say there’s a scot with his priorities straight. Being snowed in practically demands a beer run. Last night I saw multiple groups o Lake with sleds full of cases of beer, and yet, some liquor stores still closed. You’d think they realize how much business they get on days like that.

  • Scott S

    How is the snowfall amount measured accurately when the winds are so high?

  • Christine K

    Is there a reason why multiple large snowstorms repeat within a season (e.g. 1940, 1982, 1985, 1991), or is it just coincidence?