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Event Details

Event Blizzard
State MINNESOTA
County/Area POPE
WFO MPX
Begin Date 12/14/2008 09:30:00 CST-6
End Date 12/14/2008 20:30:00 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 An arctic cold front and a strong area of low pressure that developed across the northern Rockies and moved eastward across the upper Midwest and into the northern Great Lakes, brought heavy snow, very strong winds and blizzard conditions across a large portion of western and central Minnesota. A broad area of six inches (Locally (9+ inches occurred near the communities of Little Falls and Hewitt in central Minnesota) or more fell across portions of west central and central Minnesota on Sunday December 15th. The heaviest snowfall occurred Sunday morning where periods of very heavy snowfall fell across a large area of west central and central Minnesota. In addition to the snowfall, severe wind chills of 30 to 50 below zero occurred across the region as wind speeds increased and temperatures dropped well below zero. The hardest hit areas were across west central Minnesota where significant snowfall and wind gusts in excess of 40 mph produced blizzard conditions.
Event Narrative Snow began in the Glenwood area between 6 and 8 pm Saturday (December 13th )evening as low pressure started to intensify across the northern Plains. Light snow continued through the night and became heavy between 8 am and 10 am on Sunday. In addition, northwest winds began to increase with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 35 to 40 mph between 830 am and lasted through Sunday evening. The worst conditions occurred after 6 pm Sunday where surface visibilities were less then 200 feet. Snowfall amounts across Pope County were between four and six inches. During the overnight hours of Sunday/Monday December 14/15, between midnight and 9 am, wind chill values averaged between 35 to 45 below zero.


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
LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 04:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YELLOW MEDICINE (ZONE) YELLOW MEDICINE (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 04:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEVENS (ZONE) STEVENS (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHIPPEWA (ZONE) CHIPPEWA (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWIFT (ZONE) SWIFT (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DOUGLAS (ZONE) DOUGLAS (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 09:30 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POPE (ZONE) POPE (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 09:30 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KANDIYOHI (ZONE) KANDIYOHI (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEARNS (ZONE) STEARNS (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORRISON (ZONE) MORRISON (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TODD (ZONE) TODD (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BENTON (ZONE) BENTON (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILLE LACS (ZONE) MILLE LACS (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KANABEC (ZONE) KANABEC (ZONE) MN 12/14/2008 13:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NICOLLET (ZONE) NICOLLET (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WATONWAN (ZONE) WATONWAN (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
REDWOOD (ZONE) REDWOOD (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FREEBORN (ZONE) FREEBORN (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FARIBAULT (ZONE) FARIBAULT (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARTIN (ZONE) MARTIN (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASECA (ZONE) WASECA (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROWN (ZONE) BROWN (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLUE EARTH (ZONE) BLUE EARTH (ZONE) MN 12/15/2008 00:00 CST-6 Extreme Cold/Wind Chill 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K