Update on Unnamed Winter Storm

Snow piles up and weighs down tree branches in Vita, Manitoba, Canada. Photo by Kayla Park via Global Winnipeg.

The snow associated with the surface low that moved through Minnesota has mostly exited the US and is wreaking havoc in Canada.  (More on that in a second.)  It has left behind a swath of snow in eastern North Dakota and Minnesota, with totals reaching double digits in some spots.  Here are some storms totals from the Grand Forks, ND NWS office:

 

ESTIMATED MAXIMUM SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS AS OF 3PM:

NORTH DAKOTA                    MAX DEPTH

PEMBINA (PEMBINA CO.)        4 INCHES

LANKIN (WALSH CO.)           3 INCHES

PARK RIVER (WALSH CO.)       2 INCHES

MICHIGAN (NELSON CO.)      3.3 INCHES

GRAND FORKS (GF CO.)       3.5 INCHES

2SE MAYVILLE (TRAILL CO.)    3 INCHES

FARGO (CASS CO.)             1 INCH (VARIABLE 1-2)

 

MINNESOTA

HALLOCK (KITTSON CO.)        4 INCHES

KARSLSTAD (KITTSON CO.)      6 INCHES

2W BADGER (ROSEAU CO.)      12 INCHES

10NNW BADGER (ROSEAU CO.)    14 INCHES

ROSEAU (ROSEAU CO.)          7 INCHES

STEPHEN (MARSHALL CO.)       5 INCHES

MIDDLE RIVER (MARSHALL CO.)  8 INCHES (VARIABLE 4-8)

GRYGLA (MARSHALL CO.)        3 INCHES

THIEF RIVER FALLS            4 INCHES (VARIABLE 3-6)

RED LAKE FALLS               4 INCHES

3S ANGUS (POLK CO.)          8 INCHES (VARIABLE 4-8)

3SE CROOKSTON (POLK CO.)     6 INCHES

ADA (NORMAN CO.)             4 INCHES (VARIABLE 3-4)

 

Badger, MN is in northwest MN about 15 miles South of the Canadian border.  So, that report of 14 inches is very near Canada.  Elsewhere, the widespread reports of 6+ inches in northwest MN seem to justify the Winter Storm Warnings posted yesterday.  A warm ground, plus temperatures warming above freezing tomorrow, should lead to some quick melting, but there’s no denying it was a significant storm.  If you don’t believe me, look at some of the pictures on this post from Montana near Glacier National Park and the Canadian border.

Meanwhile, the storm is still ongoing in Canada.  As of late this afternoon, snowfall totals reached as high as 25 cm (10 inches) in parts of southeast Manitoba.  Environment Canada (the Canadian version of the National Weather Service) has issued Winter Storm Warnings for southeast Manitoba and western Ontario.  They forecast an additional 2-6 inches of snow will fall in most of the warned areas by the end of the day tomorrow.

No word yet on whether or not The Weather Network (Canadian version of The Weather Channel) has named this storm.

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