National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


On November 17-18, 2016 atmospheric conditions (moisture transport, strong winds aloft, and low pressure) were ideal for heavy snowfall. Most of the snow fell on November 18, leading to a blizzard warning issued west of the Twin Cities metro region at 3 am. Total accumulated snowfall amounts up to 16 inches were reported in north-central Minnesota. Cities around the Twin Cities region experienced very poor visibility and high wind gusts on November 18 as well.