Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State NORTH DAKOTA
County/Area BOTTINEAU
WFO BIS
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-12-23 16:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-12-25 06:00:00.0 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 and prolonged winter storm impacted all of west and central North Dakota beginning Wednesday, December 23rd, lasting into Saturday, December 26th. Lead time was significant, as statements, watches, and warnings were posted well in advance of the storm.
During the afternoon hours of Wednesday the 23rd, the first wave of snow moved into the region as a northern stream upper low dropped south into the Northern Plains from central Alberta, combined with a surface trough of low pressure pushing from west to east across the state Wednesday and Wednesday night. After a brief lull in snowfall intensity Thursday, this first system merged with a southern stream upper low over the central plains Christmas Eve night, and intensified as the merged system moved slowly northeast into the Midwest on Christmas Day. As this occurred, areas of snow redeveloped from east to west Thursday night into Friday. The main forcing mechanism for snow across west and central North Dakota during this second wave of snow was a persistent TROWAL (TRough Of Warm Air Aloft) which developed and resulted in the continuous generation of moderate to heavy snow bands over central and portions of western North Dakota early Christmas Day into Saturday.
Additionally, already strong northerly winds of 20 to 30 mph Wednesday and Thursday increased on Friday, with gusts up to 45 mph developing across the state as surface low pressure retrograded northwest into western Iowa, resulting in a significant pressure gradient over the Dakotas. These strong winds accompanied the snow and produced widespread blizzard conditions over much of west and all of central North Dakota from Christmas Day through much of Saturday the 26th.
The significant blowing and drifting of snow resulted in nearly impossible travel throughout the event, especially on the 25th and 26th when the strongest winds occurred. Numerous no travel advisories were issued from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, along with several road closures including all of Interstate 94 and portions of U.S. Highways 83 and 2. Needless to say, holiday commerce across west and central North Dakota was severely impacted by this intense storm system.
Event Narrative Five to ten inches of wet snow, coupled with winds of 20 to 30 mph, caused major transportation problems leading up to Christmas Day. Many county sheriffs advised no travel. By Christmas morning winds increased, with gusts up to 45 mph, temperatures dropped, and there was more snow. See Blizzard entry for December 25 and 26.


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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
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOTTINEAU (ZONE) BOTTINEAU (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURLEIGH (ZONE) BURLEIGH (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROLETTE (ZONE) ROLETTE (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIOUX (ZONE) SIOUX (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORTON (ZONE) MORTON (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERIDAN (ZONE) SHERIDAN (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARD (ZONE) WARD (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OLIVER (ZONE) OLIVER (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIERCE (ZONE) PIERCE (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCHENRY (ZONE) MCHENRY (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EMMONS (ZONE) EMMONS (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOSTER (ZONE) FOSTER (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIDDER (ZONE) KIDDER (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STUTSMAN (ZONE) STUTSMAN (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKEY (ZONE) DICKEY (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WELLS (ZONE) WELLS (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCINTOSH (ZONE) MCINTOSH (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA MOURE (ZONE) LA MOURE (ZONE) ND 12/23/2009 22:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OLIVER (ZONE) OLIVER (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORTON (ZONE) MORTON (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARD (ZONE) WARD (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIOUX (ZONE) SIOUX (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENVILLE (ZONE) RENVILLE (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOTTINEAU (ZONE) BOTTINEAU (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCHENRY (ZONE) MCHENRY (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIDDER (ZONE) KIDDER (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOSTER (ZONE) FOSTER (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EMMONS (ZONE) EMMONS (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKEY (ZONE) DICKEY (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURLEIGH (ZONE) BURLEIGH (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOWMAN (ZONE) BOWMAN (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HETTINGER (ZONE) HETTINGER (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARK (ZONE) STARK (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BILLINGS (ZONE) BILLINGS (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUNN (ZONE) DUNN (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) GOLDEN VALLEY (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCKENZIE (ZONE) MCKENZIE (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) MOUNTRAIL (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WELLS (ZONE) WELLS (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STUTSMAN (ZONE) STUTSMAN (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERIDAN (ZONE) SHERIDAN (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROLETTE (ZONE) ROLETTE (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIERCE (ZONE) PIERCE (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCINTOSH (ZONE) MCINTOSH (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SLOPE (ZONE) SLOPE (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LA MOURE (ZONE) LA MOURE (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) ND 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K