Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Blizzard
State NORTH DAKOTA
County/Area RENVILLE
WFO BIS
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-12-13 17:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-12-14 17:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A significant winter storm impacted all of western and central North Dakota beginning Saturday, December 13th, and lasting through much of Sunday, December 14th. A blizzard warning was posted well in advance of the storm, with the warning lead time more than a full day in advance. The blizzard warning encompassed the entire National Weather Service Bismarck County Warning Area, 36 counties, all of which verified.
Heavy snow and blizzard conditions, significant snow combined with very strong winds and near zero visibility, forced numerous road closures and the issuance of no travel advisories throughout Saturday and Saturday night. A statewide no travel advisory was then issued early Sunday morning by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Conditions improved west to east later Sunday afternoon and into Sunday evening as snow ended and winds subsided. Wind chill warnings were then issued in the storm's wake, Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, for wind chill temperatures ranging from 40 below to near 55 below zero (See Storm Data entry for December 14 and 15).
A significant upper level trough moved onshore into the Pacific Northwest Friday afternoon the 12th, then deepened southeastward into the Intermountain West Friday night. This resulted in southwest flow aloft and large scale ascent spreading east-northeast towards the Northern Plains early on Saturday, as well as triggering lee-side cyclogenisis across the high plains of Wyoming. Surface low pressure then pushed east into the central plains Saturday afternoon and evening, coinciding with several shortwave impulses ejecting from the base of the upper trough and into North Dakota. Moderate to heavy snow spread across west and central North Dakota Saturday morning through Saturday night, then slowly dissipated west to east early Sunday morning through Sunday evening. Total snow amounts by Monday morning the 15th were as much as 13.8 inches at Williston. Bismarck had a foot, and six to eight inches of snow was common from Minot through Jamestown. The least amount of snow, two to five inches, fell across the far southwest and far south central areas, along the South Dakota border, and the far northeast, Rolette County.
Strong north to northeast winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts to 40 mph, combined with the moderate to heavy snow, as well as the deep snow cover already of the ground, to create widespread blizzard conditions across all of western and central North Dakota.
Event Narrative Winds of 25 to 35 mph, and gusts to near 40 mph, combined with falling snow and snow on the ground to create widespread and prolonged blizzard conditions. Storm total snowfall amounts ranged from five inches at Mohall to around two inches at Sherwood.


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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
MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLIAMS (ZONE) WILLIAMS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCKENZIE (ZONE) MCKENZIE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURKE (ZONE) BURKE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DIVIDE (ZONE) DIVIDE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOWMAN (ZONE) BOWMAN (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BILLINGS (ZONE) BILLINGS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARK (ZONE) STARK (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SLOPE (ZONE) SLOPE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HETTINGER (ZONE) HETTINGER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIOUX (ZONE) SIOUX (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STUTSMAN (ZONE) STUTSMAN (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOSTER (ZONE) FOSTER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKEY (ZONE) DICKEY (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERIDAN (ZONE) SHERIDAN (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WELLS (ZONE) WELLS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROLLETTE (ZONE) ROLLETTE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCHENRY (ZONE) MCHENRY (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EMMONS (ZONE) EMMONS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCINTOSH (ZONE) MCINTOSH (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIERCE (ZONE) PIERCE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOTTINEAU (ZONE) BOTTINEAU (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURLEIGH (ZONE) BURLEIGH (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA MOURE (ZONE) LA MOURE (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARD (ZONE) WARD (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUNN (ZONE) DUNN (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIDDER (ZONE) KIDDER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OLIVER (ZONE) OLIVER (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORTON (ZONE) MORTON (ZONE) ND 12/13/2008 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K