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 2009-01-11 21:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-01-12 08:00:00.0 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 Sunday evening, January 11th, and lasting through the morning hours of Monday, January 12th. A blizzard warning was posted well in advance of this storm, with the warning lead time around twenty hours. The blizzard warning encompassed the entire National Weather Service Bismarck County Warning Area, 36 counties, all of which had a blizzard.
Periods of light to moderate snow and blizzard conditions, very strong winds creating significant blowing and drifting snow and near zero visibilities, forced numerous road closures and the issuance of no travel advisories by law enforcement officials throughout the event. Conditions improved northwest to southeast later Monday morning as snow ended and the strong winds subsided.
Strong surface low pressure developed across the high plains of Alberta during the day Sunday, then moved rapidly southeast across western and central North Dakota Sunday evening through early Monday morning. Isentropic upglide ahead of the surface low resulted in a band of light to moderate snow developing Sunday afternoon and evening west to east, with anywhere from one to five inches of snow being reported by Monday morning. The heaviest snow (three to five inches) fell from far northwest North Dakota through much of central North Dakota and into the James River Valley area.
As this intense Alberta Clipper moved across the state Sunday night, strong northwest winds developed. Wind speeds were 25 to 45 mph sustained with gusts of 40 to near 60 mph for several hours. The strong winds combined with falling snow and abundant loose snow already on the ground to create a widespread and prolonged blizzard.
Event Narrative Strong northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph, combined with falling snow and existing loose snow cover to create widespread and prolonged blizzard conditions across the county. Storm total snowfall accumulations by Monday morning ranged from two to four inches.


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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
GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCKENZIE (ZONE) MCKENZIE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARK (ZONE) STARK (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HETTINGER (ZONE) HETTINGER (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SLOPE (ZONE) SLOPE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUNN (ZONE) DUNN (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOWMAN (ZONE) BOWMAN (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLIAMS (ZONE) WILLIAMS (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DIVIDE (ZONE) DIVIDE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURKE (ZONE) BURKE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BILLINGS (ZONE) BILLINGS (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 18:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIOUX (ZONE) SIOUX (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EMMONS (ZONE) EMMONS (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROLETTE (ZONE) ROLETTE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIERCE (ZONE) PIERCE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WELLS (ZONE) WELLS (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCINTOSH (ZONE) MCINTOSH (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIDDER (ZONE) KIDDER (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERIDAN (ZONE) SHERIDAN (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOTTINEAU (ZONE) BOTTINEAU (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORTON (ZONE) MORTON (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCHENRY (ZONE) MCHENRY (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARD (ZONE) WARD (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OLIVER (ZONE) OLIVER (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURLEIGH (ZONE) BURLEIGH (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKEY (ZONE) DICKEY (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STUTSMAN (ZONE) STUTSMAN (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOSTER (ZONE) FOSTER (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA MOURE (ZONE) LA MOURE (ZONE) ND 01/11/2009 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K