Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Blizzard
State NORTH DAKOTA
County/Area CAVALIER
WFO FGF
Report Source Mesonet
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-12-13 04:03:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-12-15 00:04:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative A potent surface low pressure system moved out of Colorado late Saturday (13th) and tracked northeast to the Minneapolis area by noon on Sunday (14th). This created a strong temperature gradient across the northern plains, with Devils Lake (ND) at 15 below zero and the Minneapolis (MN) area around 30 above by noon Sunday. As the system intensified over eastern Minnesota, northwest winds began to gust to around 50 mph with wind chills colder than 40 below zero. Quite a bit of snow also accompanied the wind, which created whiteout conditions for an extended period of time. A blizzard this bad had not been seen since the winter of 1996/97, so the impact on the area was tremendous. Stores closed for portions of the weekend during the busy holiday shopping season. Interstate 29 was closed in the state of North Dakota and Interstate 94 was closed from Jamestown (ND) to Alexandria (MN). No travel was advised across the area and commercial flights were cancelled into Fargo and Grand Forks. Church services, schools, and many other activities were cancelled or delayed. The town of Buffalo, ND, lost power for around 8 hours. There were other minor power outages across the area as well.
Event Narrative


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BENSON (ZONE) BENSON (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASS (ZONE) CASS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOWNER (ZONE) TOWNER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAVALIER (ZONE) CAVALIER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WESTERN WALSH (ZONE) WESTERN WALSH (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PEMBINA (ZONE) PEMBINA (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RAMSEY (ZONE) RAMSEY (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EDDY (ZONE) EDDY (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEELE (ZONE) STEELE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRIGGS (ZONE) GRIGGS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NELSON (ZONE) NELSON (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EASTERN WALSH (ZONE) EASTERN WALSH (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RICHLAND (ZONE) RICHLAND (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BARNES (ZONE) BARNES (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRAILL (ZONE) TRAILL (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SARGENT (ZONE) SARGENT (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RANSOM (ZONE) RANSOM (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAND FORKS (ZONE) GRAND FORKS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K