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Event Details

Event Blizzard
State NORTH DAKOTA
County/Area DUNN
WFO BIS
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-03-23 07:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-03-24 18:00:00.0 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 low pressure system developed in the lee of the Rocky Mountains over Colorado and Wyoming Sunday, March 22nd, strengthening and ejecting northeast into the upper Midwest by Tuesday, March 24th. Strong southerly flow ahead of this storm system brought ample Gulf of Mexico moisture all the way into southern Canada, setting the stage for significant precipitation accumulations across the region. Winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings were posted well in advance of the storm. Warning lead time averaged nearly 25 hours.
Precipitation started in the form of rain and thunderstorms Sunday into Monday morning, before changing over to all snow west to east Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Additionally, strong northwest winds of 20 to 45 mph accompanying the snow, produced widespread blizzard conditions west during the day on Monday, then across central North Dakota Monday evening and into Tuesday morning. Further east, around the James River Basin area, winter storm warnings were in effect due to a wintry mix of rain, snow, and sleet and for lighter snow accumulations.
Blizzard conditions continued across much of southwestern and central North Dakota on Tuesday, with conditions then gradually improving Tuesday night as the snow ended and the winds subsided. Storm total snow amounts ranged from 12 to 22.5 inches across southwest North Dakota, to five to 11 inches central. No travel advisories, road closures, power outages, and school and business closures were common during this significant spring storm.
Event Narrative Cooperative observers reported storm total snow amounts of eight inches in Dunn Center and 22.3 inches in Halliday. The heavy snow combined with strong northwest winds resulted in widespread blizzard conditions.


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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 40.00K 0.00K
(MIB)MINOT AFB WARD CO. ND 03/22/2009 08:36 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DEERING MCHENRY CO. ND 03/22/2009 09:05 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOFFIT BURLEIGH CO. ND 03/22/2009 10:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 58 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OAKES DICKEY CO. ND 03/22/2009 14:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
LA MOURE LA MOURE CO. ND 03/22/2009 15:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SLOPE (ZONE) SLOPE (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOWMAN (ZONE) BOWMAN (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BILLINGS (ZONE) BILLINGS (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARK (ZONE) STARK (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HETTINGER (ZONE) HETTINGER (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUNN (ZONE) DUNN (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORTON (ZONE) MORTON (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIOUX (ZONE) SIOUX (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OLIVER (ZONE) OLIVER (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARD (ZONE) WARD (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 19:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EMMONS (ZONE) EMMONS (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOTTINEAU (ZONE) BOTTINEAU (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERIDAN (ZONE) SHERIDAN (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURLEIGH (ZONE) BURLEIGH (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCHENRY (ZONE) MCHENRY (ZONE) ND 03/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROLETTE (ZONE) ROLETTE (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIDDER (ZONE) KIDDER (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIERCE (ZONE) PIERCE (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WELLS (ZONE) WELLS (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCINTOSH (ZONE) MCINTOSH (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STUTSMAN (ZONE) STUTSMAN (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOSTER (ZONE) FOSTER (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) ND 03/24/2009 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BISMARCK BURLEIGH CO. ND 03/25/2009 08:20 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 40.00K 0.00K