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Arctic Air Plunges into the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Arctic air dropping through the northern and eastern U.S. and a storm off the east coast will bring periods of snow, very cold wind chills and hazardous traveling conditions from the Upper Great Lakes to the Northeast. Meanwhile in southern California, Santa Ana winds will decrease but hot, dry air will remain over the area with elevated fire weather conditions. Read More >

Below is a map of snowfall amounts from December 3-4, 2013. This map is an interpolation of reports received from various sources. In locations where data is more sparse, the map may not exactly reflect the amount of snow received in those locations. Overall, this event produced a wide swath of 4 to 7 inches from south central South Dakota, into southwest Minnesota, with a sharp cutoff to less than an inch of snowfall over much of northwest Iowa.

Contoured map of snowfall reports for December 3rd and 4th, 2013

Event Totals Snowfall in inches

Reports Received by 6 PM Wednesday December 4, 2013

...SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA...

  4 NNE FORESTBURG                         8.0 
  MITCHELL                                 7.8 
  3 NW LAKE THOMPSON STAT                  6.7 
  4 WSW SIOUX FALLS                        6.7 
  1 NW SALEM                               6.5 
  8 SSW HERRICK                            6.5 
  FLANDREAU                                6.1 
  3 N BROOKINGS                            6.0 
  3 SE RAMONA                              6.0 
  ALEXANDRIA                               6.0 
  13 WNW PLATTE                            6.0 
  WHITE LAKE                               5.5 
  HOWARD                                   5.2 
  MARION                                   5.0 
  3 S PARKSTON                             5.0 
  PICKSTOWN                                5.0 
  5 WSW ARMOUR                             5.0 
  8 W WESSINGTON SPRINGS                   5.0 
  4 SW BURKE                               4.6 
  7 SSW CHAMBERLAIN                        4.3 
  9 S DALLAS                               4.0 
  TYNDALL                                  4.2
  CANTON                                   3.8 
  4 NW TYNDALL                             3.5 
  HURON                                    3.5 
  YANKTON                                  2.0 
  2 SSW GAYVILLE                           1.5 
  1 SSE VERMILLION                         1.0                                                                                                      


...SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA...

  3 NW PIPESTONE                           7.5 
  MARSHALL                                 7.5 
  3 NNW LUVERNE                            6.0 
  8 NNE ELKTON                             6.0 
  WINDOM                                   6.0 
  4 N CURRIE                               5.5 
  4 S COTTONWOOD                           5.5 
  OKABENA                                  4.5 
  WORTHINGTON                              4.5                                                                                                                                


...NORTHWEST IOWA...

  ROCK RAPIDS                              4.5 
  4 NE HUDSON                              3.0 
  2 SSE SIOUX CENTER                       1.0 
  SPIRIT LAKE                              0.2 
  SIOUX CITY                               0.2