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Event Heavy Snow
State NORTH DAKOTA
County/Area CAVALIER
WFO FGF
Report Source Official NWS Observations
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2006-12-30 09:26:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2006-12-31 04:21:00.0 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 After many areas across eastern North Dakota had been worried about having little or no snow cover for the Christmas holiday, a late December storm system brought some ice and snow to the area. At noon on December 30th, an area of surface low pressure had set up over southern Kansas, with an inverted trough extending north from the low (from near Sioux Falls, SD, to west of Devils Lake, ND). A fairly strong temperature gradient set up across the inverted trough, with Minot, ND, at 16F, Devils Lake at 25F, and Crookston, MN, at 32F. As moisture was transported into the colder air, intense snow bands set up over central North Dakota. By mid Saturday afternoon, the inverted trough had moved into the Red River Valley. However, temperatures still ranged in the low to mid 30s along and east of the valley. The inverted trough remained nearly stationary through midnight, which kept temperatures above freezing over most of west central Minnesota. The heavier snow bands eventually slid into portions of eastern North Dakota. The colder temperatures took the longest to reach the southern Red River Valley, where rain changed to freezing rain and then to snow. By 3 am on December 31st, the boundary pushed into central Minnesota, and most of the precipitation ended. Most of the snow fell west of a line from Lisbon, ND, to Roseau, MN. 12 inches of snow was reported at Hatton, 11 inches at Finley, Sharon, Binford, and Walhalla, and 10 inches at Starkweather, Fordville, Lakota, and Valley City. Areas along a line from Lisbon to Hillsboro picked up about 4 inches of snow and a quarter to half an inch of ice. There were reports of church services cancelled in some areas on the 31st and reports of many cars in the ditch.
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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
GRIGGS (ZONE) GRIGGS (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RANSOM (ZONE) RANSOM (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BARNES (ZONE) BARNES (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASS (ZONE) CASS (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SARGENT (ZONE) SARGENT (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RICHLAND (ZONE) RICHLAND (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRAILL (ZONE) TRAILL (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEELE (ZONE) STEELE (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAND FORKS (ZONE) GRAND FORKS (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NELSON (ZONE) NELSON (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 04:46 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BENSON (ZONE) BENSON (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PEMBINA (ZONE) PEMBINA (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EDDY (ZONE) EDDY (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOWNER (ZONE) TOWNER (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAVALIER (ZONE) CAVALIER (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EASTERN WALSH (ZONE) EASTERN WALSH (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RAMSEY (ZONE) RAMSEY (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WESTERN WALSH (ZONE) WESTERN WALSH (ZONE) ND 12/30/2006 09:26 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K