Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Blizzard
State MINNESOTA
County/Area NICOLLET
WFO MPX
Report Source Department of Highways
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-12-08 10:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-12-09 12:00:00.0 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 powerful winter storm developed across the central plains Tuesday afternoon, and quickly intensified as it moved across the southern Great Lakes by Wednesday morning.
A broad area of light snow developed across southern Minnesota Tuesday afternoon, but heavier snowfall developed during the evening and overnight hours as the storm intensified. Several locations in south central and east central Minnesota reported nearly a foot of snow by Wednesday morning, with the heaviest report at Zumbrota in the southeastern part of Goodhue County. Faribault, Owatonna and Northfield all reported around 10 inches as the storm departed Wednesday evening. Snowfall amounts tapered off rapidly to the northwest of the Twin Cities, where a few inches occurred from St. Cloud to Alexandria.
In addition to the heavy snowfall reports, strong winds developed and caused blizzard or near blizzard conditions for a large area of southwest and south central Minnesota. Frequent gusts of 40 to 50 mph were reported during the height of the storm including 54 mph at Blue Earth, and 50 mph along I-35 south of Owatonna. Several county highway crews were taken off the roads due to poor visibility and blocked roads during the height of the storm.
Event Narrative The local county highway department observed white-out conditions for several hours across Nicollet County. Wind speeds increased from the northwest at 30 to 40 mph, with gusts of 45 mph at times. This created blizzard conditions that continued until winds subsided around the noon hour. Total snowfall amounts ranged from 5 to 8 inches across the county.


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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
FARIBAULT (ZONE) FARIBAULT (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FREEBORN (ZONE) FREEBORN (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHIPPEWA (ZONE) CHIPPEWA (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YELLOW MEDICINE (ZONE) YELLOW MEDICINE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARTIN (ZONE) MARTIN (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
REDWOOD (ZONE) REDWOOD (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WATONWAN (ZONE) WATONWAN (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROWN (ZONE) BROWN (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLUE EARTH (ZONE) BLUE EARTH (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASECA (ZONE) WASECA (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEELE (ZONE) STEELE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOODHUE (ZONE) GOODHUE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 10:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LE SUEUR (ZONE) LE SUEUR (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 10:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NICOLLET (ZONE) NICOLLET (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 10:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RICE (ZONE) RICE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 10:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIBLEY (ZONE) SIBLEY (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 10:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENNEPIN (ZONE) HENNEPIN (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCLEOD (ZONE) MCLEOD (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RAMSEY (ZONE) RAMSEY (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTT (ZONE) SCOTT (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARVER (ZONE) CARVER (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAKOTA (ZONE) DAKOTA (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 11:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ANOKA (ZONE) ANOKA (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WRIGHT (ZONE) WRIGHT (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERBURNE (ZONE) SHERBURNE (ZONE) MN 12/08/2009 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K