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Event Details

Event Blizzard
State MINNESOTA
County/Area CLAY
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 04:01:00.0 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 94 was closed from Jamestown (ND) to Alexandria (MN). U.S. Highway 10 was closed from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes and U.S. Highway 2 was closed from East Grand Forks to Crookston. No travel was advised across the area. Church services, schools, and many other activities were cancelled or delayed. 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
WILKIN (ZONE) WILKIN (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORMAN (ZONE) NORMAN (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EAST POLK (ZONE) EAST POLK (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROSEAU (ZONE) ROSEAU (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PENNINGTON (ZONE) PENNINGTON (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST POLK (ZONE) WEST POLK (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST MARSHALL (ZONE) WEST MARSHALL (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KITTSON (ZONE) KITTSON (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST OTTER TAIL (ZONE) WEST OTTER TAIL (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAY (ZONE) CLAY (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EAST MARSHALL (ZONE) EAST MARSHALL (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAHNOMEN (ZONE) MAHNOMEN (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RED LAKE (ZONE) RED LAKE (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEST BECKER (ZONE) WEST BECKER (ZONE) MN 12/13/2008 04:03 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K