Heavy snow in Stearns County! Snow fades; Chilly sun Sunday

Evening Update:

Snow winding down, but some incredible snowfall totals near St. Cloud!

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

648 PM CST SAT NOV 19 2011

…SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FROM SATURDAYS SNOW STORM…

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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11.00 ST STEPHEN MN STEARNS 0413 PM

11.00 2 N SARTELL MN STEARNS 0407 PM

7.00 SAUK RAPIDS MN BENTON 0343 PM

7.00 BELGRADE MN STEARNS 0157 PM

6.60 7 S HILLMAN MN MORRISON 0248 PM

STILL SNOWING. ABOUT 1/4 MILE VSBY.

6.50 MILACA MN MILLE LACS 0517 PM

6.30 2 W FOLEY MN BENTON 0537 PM

6.00 SAUK RAPIDS MN BENTON 0430 PM

6.00 STARBUCK MN POPE 0207 PM

5.80 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 0500 PM

MEASURED AT ST CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY.

5.60 MURDOCK MN SWIFT 0332 PM

5.50 11 NE WARMAN MN KANABEC 0630 PM

5.50 2 W FOLEY MN BENTON 0359 PM

5.50 SARTELL MN STEARNS 0257 PM

5.00 RICE MN BENTON 1226 PM

4.00 NORTH BRANCH MN CHISAGO 0623 PM

4.00 STARBUCK MN POPE 0129 PM

3.50 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 0600 PM

3.50 KIMBALL MN STEARNS 0417 PM

3.20 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0500 PM

3.00 ISANTI MN ISANTI 0635 PM

3.00 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0553 PM

AT THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

3.00 ST AUGUSTA MN STEARNS 0321 PM

3.00 6 W BELLINGHAM MN LAC QUI PARLE 1215 PM

3.00 SAUK CENTRE MN STEARNS 1030 AM

2.80 PRINSBURG MN KANDIYOHI 0358 PM

2.50 INVER GROVE HEIGHTS MN DAKOTA 0537 PM

2.50 MILACA MN MILLE LACS 0139 PM

2.50 LOUISBURG MN LAC QUI PARLE 0936 AM

DISPATCH ESTIMATED 2 TO 3 INCHES OF

ACCUMULATION IN FAR NORTHERN LAC QUI PARLE

COUNTY. ONLY A DUSTING OF SNOW AT THIS TIME

IN MADISON.

2.20 LONG PRAIRIE MN TODD 0612 PM

2.20 5 SW ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0600 PM

2.10 NORTH ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0542 PM

2.00 ISANTI MN ISANTI 0413 PM

1.80 2 W PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 0545 PM

1.80 SARTELL MN STEARNS 1212 PM

1.70 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0542 PM

AT THE NWS

1.50 2 S RICE LAKE WI BARRON 0259 PM

1.50 BURNSVILLE MN DAKOTA 0257 PM

1.30 COMFREY MN BROWN 0445 PM

1.00 FARMINGTON MN DAKOTA 0543 PM

AT THE CWSU.

1.00 FARMINGTON MN DAKOTA 0537 PM

MEASURED AT THE CWSU.

1.00 LITTLE CANADA MN RAMSEY 0255 PM

0.50 WINTHROP MN SIBLEY 0607 PM

0.50 MADELIA MN WATONWAN 0554 PM

0.50 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0407 PM

0.50 BENSON MN SWIFT 0936 AM

DISPATCH ESTIMATED HALF INCH OF SNOWFALL

ACCUMULATION IN BENSON.

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Update 4:20 pm

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I-494 & Penn Ave. moving along at dusk with some slippery ramps & bridges on metro freeways.

Mostly light snow now as the system is beginning to show signs of winding down over the next few hours. There may still be a brief period of moderate snow as the last bands move through this evening.

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Radar shot shows snow in blue and mixed precip in pink south of the metro

(Click to enlarge image)

-Latest Twin Cities radar loop

-MNDOT traffic cams & info

Overall it looks like most areas in the metro will be at or under 1″ total, but the heavier band of snow that developed the south & east metro earlier may produce some 2″+ totals.

This is an interesting system in that snowfall totals are highly variable over short distances within the metro. The heaviest snow totals are north of the metro toward St. Cloud.

Here are some snowfall totals through 4pm:

-Deephaven (west metro) .5″

-Bloomington & Burnsville 1.5″

-St. Cloud & Sartell 5″

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Update 3pm:

Moderate snow band shifting southeast into southeast metro suburbs this afternoon.

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Light snow continues in most of the metro.

Expect slick roads through tonight!

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It’s here!

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Snowy coating at the weather lab in the west Metro Saturday afternoon!

Our first significant snow has finally arrived in much of southern and central Minnesota.

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Snowy scene on I-494 & Highway 100 in the south metro

There are already some traffic incidents according to MNDOT.

-Latest Twin Cities radar loop

-MNDOT traffic cams

A snowy coating is already down in many areas, and latest indications are much of the metro will pick up 1″ to 2″ with some isolated 3″ totals possible in the south & east metro. A narrow band of heavier snowfall has set up right over the south metro from near the Airport into St. Paul. If it persists, there could be some isolated 2″ to 3″ totals under this band! Look for heavier snow this afternoon in a band from Shakopee through Prior Lake, Bloomington, Highland Park, to St. Paul & southeast suburbs.

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Bright yellow indicates heavier snow band in south & east metro! Just flurries in west metro.

Coverage is patchy though, and eventual snow totals look to be quite variable in the Twin Cities by tonight. At the Weather Lab in the west metro there is barely a snowy coating, with grass still quite visible.

Heavier snow totals of 2″ to 5″+ will focus north of the metro, near St. Cloud and Willmar.

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Prepare for some slick roads this afternoon and evening!

The latest model runs have upped snowfall by about an inch for the metro, as the storm has shfted slightly south.

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NAM model lays down some potential 2″ to 3″ totals in and near the metro, with heavier snow to the north.

PH

  • Julie J

    11.5 inches 5 miles north of Sartell/Sauk Rapids.