Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State MINNESOTA
County/Area CHISAGO
WFO MPX
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-02-28 17:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2012-02-29 09:00:00.0 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 storm system began to organize across the southwestern United States Tuesday morning, February 28th, and quickly moved northeast across the Plains and into the Upper Midwest Wednesday morning. Bands of light snow developed on the leading edge of the precipitation, but quickly turned over to a mixture of sleet, snow and freezing rain, before turning back over to snow early Wednesday morning.
There were two bands of heavier precipitation during this event. Although some light snow fell the morning of Tuesday, February 28th, the main band developed early Tuesday afternoon, along the Iowa border, with light snow mixed with sleet. It quickly moved northward across most of southern Minnesota by the late afternoon.
Most of the precipitation turned over to light rain and sleet south of the Minnesota River, with mostly snow, freezing rain, rain and sleet across the Twin Cities metro area, and west to Litchfield and Glencoe.
Most of the precipitation was in the form of snow from west-central into central Minnesota, as well as west-central Wisconsin. Although some sleet, freezing rain and rain was noted prior to midnight as far north as Willmar, St. Cloud, Forest Lake in Minnesota, and around New Richmond, Menomonie and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, heavier bands of snow developed during the evening. Snowfall rates as high as 2 inches per hour were noted with the first band of precipitation prior to midnight.
The second band of precipitation moved into far southern Minnesota prior to midnight, and moved northward across all of southern and central Minnesota by morning. Although some sleet, freezing rain and rain was noted on the onset, the mixed precipitation quickly turned over to snow across the Twin Cities, and areas to the north.
Snowfall amounts ranged from nearly a foot around Alexandria, Royalton, Mora and Rush City, to a general 6 to 9 inch band from Morris, eastward to St. Cloud, to the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Snowfall, combined with sleet and freezing rain dropped substantially south of Redwood Falls, to the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, where locally one to two inches fell. Along the Iowa border, amounts were generally less than a half inch, with more ice accumulations on trees and power lines than snowfall.
This storm prompted classes to be canceled in dozens of school districts, and the University of Minnesota campus in Morris to shut down.
Event Narrative Periods of heavy snow fell across Chisago County from Tuesday evening, through Wednesday morning. Some sleet also accompanied the heavy snowfall Tuesday night. Locally 8 to 12 inches fell, with the highest totals near Rush City.


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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
WRIGHT (ZONE) WRIGHT (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENNEPIN (ZONE) HENNEPIN (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWIFT (ZONE) SWIFT (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHIPPEWA (ZONE) CHIPPEWA (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) LAC QUI PARLE (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MEEKER (ZONE) MEEKER (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KANDIYOHI (ZONE) KANDIYOHI (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 16:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ISANTI (ZONE) ISANTI (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEARNS (ZONE) STEARNS (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ANOKA (ZONE) ANOKA (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEVENS (ZONE) STEVENS (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERBURNE (ZONE) SHERBURNE (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHISAGO (ZONE) CHISAGO (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POPE (ZONE) POPE (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 17:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KANABEC (ZONE) KANABEC (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 18:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILLE LACS (ZONE) MILLE LACS (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 18:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORRISON (ZONE) MORRISON (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 18:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DOUGLAS (ZONE) DOUGLAS (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 18:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TODD (ZONE) TODD (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 18:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BENTON (ZONE) BENTON (ZONE) MN 02/28/2012 18:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K