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Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flood Threats Shift From Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley; Elevated to Critical Fire Concerns Out West

Heavy to excessive rainfall with flash flood concerns will shift from the southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi Valley. Elevated to Critical Fire weather threats will linger through the weekend across the Great Basin and central Rockies. Finally, Major to Record river flooding will continue in portions of the Midwest and across parts of North and South Carolina this weekend. Read More >

Heavy Snow & Arctic Outbreak
2009 March 9th-11th

Snowfall Totals From Around the Region 

 Created by Duluth NWS Office

 Created by Grand Forks NWS Office

 Created by Aberdeen NWS Office

List of Snowfall Reports Across the Northland

List of Cold Temperatures, Thursday March 12th


Storm Recap from the Minnesota State Climatology Office:

A rapidly deepening area of low pressure moved from eastern Iowa to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the day on Tuesday, March 10. A mixed bag of rain and snow fell over southern and parts of central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. Heavy snow fell over western and northern Minnesota, with blizzard conditions in the Red River Valley. These conditions forced the closure of highways, including I-94 from Jamestown, North Dakota to Fergus Falls. The highest snowfall reported was 18.8 inches at International Falls, but this includes a secondary storm that happened on March 9th. Fargo picked up more unwanted precipitation with 10.1 inches of snow (.78 inches of melted precipitation) on March 9th and 10th.

As the winter storm swept into Ontario on March 11, northwest winds continued throughout the day with bitterly cold air entrenched across Minnesota. The coldest wind chill found on March 11 was -36 degrees at 7am in Bemidji. The Twin Cities had a minimum temperature of -4 on March 12. While not a record, the last time it dipped to zero or colder so late in a winter season in the Twin Cities was March 15, 1997. Embarrass and Babbitt reached -35 below zero on March 12, setting a new coldest record low for Minnesota for March 12. The old record was -34 set at Ada in 1896.

More about this event
Blizzard Summary from NWS Office in Grand Forks, ND (Currently Unavailable)

Blizzard Summary from NWS Office in Aberdeen, SD

The Minnesota State Climatology Office