Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State MINNESOTA
County/Area TODD
WFO MPX
Begin Date 03/10/2009 14:00:00 CST-6
End Date 03/11/2009 00:00:00 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 The combination of a storm system that developed across the northern Rockies, and a southern storm system across Kansas, caused a large area of winter weather across the northern plains and upper midwest on March 10th.

The morning of March 10th, snow began to spread across western Minnesota where locally two to four inches fell, with the heaviest north of Benson. Southern and eastern Minnesota had a period of sleet, freezing rain and freezing drizzle develop, but ice accumulations were minimal and didn't exceed one tenth of an inch. The winter mixture quickly switched over to snow across the Twin Cities area by 1 pm, then moved northward where locally two to four inches fell around St. Cloud, Princeton and the Mille Lacs Lake area.

By the afternoon, the southern storm system began to interact with the northern system to develop an area of low pressure across west central Wisconsin. Wind speeds started to increase significantly across western Minnesota with frequent gusts of 30 mph was common. In addition, daytime temperatures continued to fall across western Minnesota with actually surface temperatures falling into the single digits by the afternoon. The increased wind speeds created wind chill values in the teens below zero across a wide area of west central Minnesota, along with winter storm and blizzard conditions that developed prior to 6 pm.

Another band of heavy snowfall developed across western Minnesota during the afternoon, and quickly moved across central and southern Minnesota. Locally one to three inches of snow fell with this band, along with reduced visibilities of one half mile or less. Once this band of snow went through the region, wind speeds increased along with temperatures falling into the single digits below zero across western and central Minnesota, to the single digits above zero across southern and east central Minnesota.

Light snow continued through the evening, but most of the accumulating snowfall stopped shortly after 8 pm. Blowing and drifting snow continued throughout the night with surface visibilities slowly improving after midnight.

Total snowfall amounts from this storm system ranged from two to four inches northwest of a Redwood Falls, to the western portions of the Twin Cities, to Mora. Four to six inches fell mainly northwest of a Montevideo to St. Cloud, to Mille Lacs Lake area. The heaviest occurred around the communities of Alexandria, Long Prairie and Little Falls where six to ten inches fell. The heaviest snowfall reported was in Millerville in northern Douglas County where 10.5 inches was measured.
Event Narrative Two rounds of snow fell across Todd County on March 10th. Locally six to seven inches fell across the county along with wind speeds of 20 to 35 mph during the afternoon and evening time period. During the height of the storm local surface visibilities dropped below one mile for several hours.


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
YELLOW MEDICINE (ZONE) YELLOW MEDICINE (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEVENS (ZONE) STEVENS (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWIFT (ZONE) SWIFT (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHIPPEWA (ZONE) CHIPPEWA (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TODD (ZONE) TODD (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KANDIYOHI (ZONE) KANDIYOHI (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEARNS (ZONE) STEARNS (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BENTON (ZONE) BENTON (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORRISON (ZONE) MORRISON (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILLE LACS (ZONE) MILLE LACS (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 17:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POPE (ZONE) POPE (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DOUGLAS (ZONE) DOUGLAS (ZONE) MN 03/10/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K