Winter Storm:
December 13-14, 2005

A double-barreled storm brought a significant blanket of snow across much of the eastern half of Minnesota beginning in the evening hours of December 13, 2005. It was an unusual event with two areas of low pressure, one over Nebraska and another along the North Dakota/Canadian Border. Both areas drifted to the east during the day on Wednesday, December 14. This set the stage for at least a half foot of snow to fall across much of eastern Minnesota. Some places saw as much as nine inches in east central Minnesota including Winsted with 9.2 inches. The Twin Cities International Airport saw 5.4 inches though midnight on the 14th. The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen saw 7.6 inches.

This weather scenario also cranked up Lake Superior-enhanced snow bands along the north shore. Snowfall amounts on the ridge a couple miles inland from the lake were most impressive. The highest total found so far was 7 miles northwest of Two Harbors where 26.3 inches of snow fell.

Listed below are National Weather Service Statements about this storm.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
800 AM CST THU DEC 15 2005 

THESE ARE SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM COOPERATIVE AND SNOWFALL OBSERVERS. 

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA              TIME       NEW SNOW   STORM TOTAL   SNOW DEPTH

KOOCHICHING COUNTY
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RANIER........................   630 AM         0.5         1.6         7.0
 

CROW WING COUNTY
====================
BRAINERD 2E...................   640 AM         1.0         3.5         7.0
 

AITKIN COUNTY
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ISLE 12N......................   610 AM         1.7           M         6.0
 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY
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BABBITT.......................   600 AM         2.0           M         6.0
BRIMSON.......................   545 AM        14.5        16.5           M
CHISHOLM......................   725 AM         1.0         7.5        12.0
COTTON........................   700 AM         1.0         7.5           M
EMBARRASS.....................   555 AM         3.5        11.0           M
ISLAND LAKE...................   435 AM         6.5        12.2        14.0
WOLF RIDGE....................   700 AM        12.7        18.7           M
ISLAND LAKE...................   435 AM         6.5        12.2        14.0
DULUTH INTL/NWS...............   600 AM         2.3        15.5        14.0
VIRGINIA 5N...................   640 AM         2.5           M        12.0
WOLF RIDGE....................   700 AM        12.7        18.7           M
DULUTH 20N....................   710 AM           M        17.5           M
LAKEWOOD TOWNSHIP.............   600 AM        12.0        17.5        19.0
 

LAKE COUNTY
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SILVER BAY....................   545 AM        14.8        20.3           M
TWO HARBORS 7NW...............   735 AM         5.5        26.3        25.0
 

PINE COUNTY
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HINCKLEY......................   435 AM         4.0         8.0           M
SANDSTONE 2NW.................   635 AM           M         8.5           M
PINE CITY 3N..................   740 AM         0.8         5.8         7.0
BRUNO 3SW.....................   755 AM         5.0           M         9.0
 

NORTHWEST WISCONSIN              TIME       NEW SNOW   STORM TOTAL   SNOW DEPTH

DOUGLAS COUNTY
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SOLON SPRINGS.................   715 AM         2.0         7.0         7.0
BRULE 11N.....................   530 AM           M         6.0           M
 

BAYFIELD COUNTY
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BAYFIELD......................   735 AM         7.0           M        11.0
HERBSTER 5S...................   740 AM         8.0           M           M
 

ASHLAND COUNTY
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ASHLAND.......................   650 AM           M         1.0         5.5
BUTTERNUT ....................   710 AM         1.1         5.1           M
 

IRON COUNTY
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GILE..........................   545 AM           M         3.0           M
UPSON.........................   730 AM         3.0         3.0        12.0
 

BURNETT COUNTY
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TRADE LAKE....................   720 AM         4.0           M         5.0
 

WASHBURN COUNTY
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SARONA........................   615 AM           M         4.3         6.0
 

SAWYER COUNTY
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EXELAND.......................   640 AM         1.5         4.0         6.0
 

PRICE COUNTY
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PHILLIPS 5SW..................   530 AM           M         3.7           M
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1050 PM CST WED DEC 14 2005

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SNOWFALL REPORTS TAKEN BY AREA LAW 
ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER OFFICIAL OBSERVERS THROUGH 1045 PM.



LOCATION          COUNTY           SNOWFALL

REDWING           GOODHUE          6.0
RUSH CITY         CHISAGO          6.0
INVER GROVE HGTS  DAKOTA           5.6
BAY CITY          PIERCE WI        5.5
MENOMONIE         DUNN WI          5.25
MORRIS            STEVENS          2.0


PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS THROUGH 830 PM.


CHANHASSEN NWS    CARVER            7.6 INCHES
INTERNATIONAL     HENNEPIN          5.2  
AIRPORT
SAUK CENTRE       STEARNS           4.8
FOLEY             BENTON            7.3
COKATO            WRIGHT            8.5
LAKEVILLE         DAKOTA            6.8
FRIDLEY           ANOKA             5.4
WINSTED           MCLEOD            9.2
WATERTOWN         CARVER            7.8

PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS THROUGH 530 PM.

SAND CREEK        DUNN WI           6.4 INCHES
BRADFORD          ISANTI            4.0
PRIOR LAKE        SCOTT             6.5
CAMERON           BARRON WI         4.5
MENOMONIE         DUNN WI           4.0           
HILLMAN           MORRISON          5.5
WINTHROP          SIBLEY            4.0
CAMBRIDGE         ISANTI            6.0
WOODBURY          WASHINGTON        6.3
ELLENDALE         STEELE            6.0
EDINA             HENNEPIN          5.8
ANNANDALE         WRIGHT            6.3
ST JOSEPH         STEARNS           6.0



PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
230 PM CST WED DEC 14 2005
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SNOWFALL REPORTS TAKEN BY 
AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER OFFICIAL OBSERVERS THROUGH 230 PM.

LOCATION          COUNTY           SNOWFALL
2 W CHANHASSEN    CARVER           8 INCHES
ZUMBROTA          GOODHUE          6
HENDERSON         SIBLEY           6
SAND CREEK        DUNN             5.9
ST. CLOUD         STEARNS          5.9
WATERVILLE        LE SUEUR         5
INVER GROVE HTS   DAKOTA           4.6
HASTINGS          DAKOTA           4
RUSH CITY         CHISAGO          3.5

PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 1130 AM.
RED WING          GOODHUE          5.5 INCHES
BARRON            BARRON           4
BALSAM LAKE       POLK             3.5      
LADYSMITH         RUSK             3
HUDSON            ST. CROIX        4.5
MENOMONIE         DUNN             3
CHIPPEWA FALLS    CHIPPEWA         3.5
ELLSWORTH         PIERCE           4.5
DURAND            PEPIN            3
EAU CLAIRE        EAU CLAIRE       3
WINNEBAGO         FARIBAULT        6.5
BLUE EARTH        FARIBAULT        7
ALBERT LEA        FREEBORNE        5.5 TO 6
GLENCOE           MCLEOD           7.5
WATERTOWN         CARVER           6.8
CHANHASSEN        CARVER           6.6
FOREST LAKE       WASHINGTON       3.5
MANKATO           BLUE EARTH       5
BROWNTON          MCLEOD           6

PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 1015 AM...

KIESTER           FARIBAULT       7.5 INCHES
PRIOR LAKE        SCOTT           5.0
PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 945 AM...

OWATONNA          STEELE          4.0 INCHES
ST JAMES          WATONWAN        3.0
NEW ULM           BROWN           3.0
FAIRMONT          MARTIN          3.0
GLENWOOD          POPE            2.0
PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 845 AM...

WACONIA           CARVER          5.0 INCHES
VADNAIS HEIGHTS   RAMSEY          3.8
MORA              KANABEC         3.5
PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 815 AM...

DASSEL            MEEKER          7.4 INCHES
HUTCHINSON        MCLEOD          7.0
ST PAUL           RAMSEY          6.0 /NEAR I94 AND WHITE BEAR AVE 
SAUK RAPIDS       BENTON          5.0
WATERTOWN         CARVER          5.0
ELK RIVER         SHERBURNE       4.0
FRIDLEY           ANOKA           3.8
ROCKFORD          WRIGHT          3.7
WASECA            WASECA          3.5
BELGRADE          STEARNS         3.0
ONAMIA            MILLE LACS      3.0
SPRING VALLEY     PIERCE          2.5
RUSH CITY         CHISAGO         2.0
MORGAN            REDWOOD         2.0
BLOOMER           CHIPPEWA        2.0
AUGUSTA           EAU CLAIRE      0.7
PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 645 AM...

WINSTED           MCLEOD          6.5 INCHES
MONTGOMERY        LE SUEUR        6.0
WINNEBAGO         FARIBAULT       5.5
CORCORAN          HENNEPIN        5.0
MAPLEWOOD         RAMSEY          4.8
HENDERSON         SIBLEY          4.5
HASTINGS          DAKOTA          4.5
CAMBRIDGE         ISANTI          4.3
ST JOSEPH         STEARNS         4.3
MEDINA            HENNEPIN        4.0
STILLWATER        WASHINGTON      4.0
MANKATO           BLUE EARTH      4.0
BUFFALO           WRIGHT          4.0
CARLOS            DOUGLAS         4.0
LITCHFIELD        MEEKER          3.5
FARIBAULT         RICE            3.5
NEW LONDON        KANDIYOHI       3.0
ZUMBROTA          GOODHUE         3.0
LITTLE FALLS      MORRISON        3.0
BALDWIN           ST CROIX        3.0
FOREST LAKE       WASHINGTON      2.2
SPRINGFIELD       BROWN           1.0
EAU CLAIRE        EAU CLAIRE      0.7
JIM FALLS         CHIPPEWA        0.4
PREVIOUS SNOWFALL REPORTS AS OF 6 AM...

CHANHASSEN        CARVER          4.1 INCHES
MSP AIRPORT       HENNEPIN        4.0
CHASKA            CARVER          3.8


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
1030 AM CST TUE NOV 29 2005 

THESE ARE SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM COOPERATIVE AND SNOWFALL OBSERVERS. 

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA              TIME       NEW SNOW   STORM TOTAL   SNOW DEPTH

KOOCHICHING COUNTY
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LAKE KABETOGAMA...............   735 AM         5.0         5.0         6.0
LITTLEFORK....................   905 AM         2.8         2.8         5.0
RANIER........................   650 AM         2.0         5.8         5.0
 

ITASCA COUNTY
====================
DIXON LAKE....................   900 AM         4.0         4.0         4.0
GRAND RAPIDS..................   735 AM         1.9         1.9         2.0
MARCELL.......................   745 AM         6.4         6.4         6.0
SWAN RIVER 3N.................   720 AM         1.0         2.5           M
DEER RIVER 15N................   930 AM         5.0         5.0         5.0
 

CASS COUNTY
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LONGVILLE.....................   905 AM         2.0           M           M
PILLAGER 5N...................   840 AM         3.0         3.0         3.0
 

CROW WING COUNTY
====================
CROSS LAKE....................   935 AM         3.0         3.0         3.0
BRAINERD 2E...................   645 AM         3.0         3.0         3.0
NISSWA 3NE....................   750 AM         3.0         3.0         3.0
BRAINERD 3S...................   925 AM         5.0         5.0         5.0
 

AITKIN COUNTY
====================
ISLE 12N......................   610 AM         2.6         2.6         3.0
 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY
====================
BRIMSON.......................   530 AM           T           T           M
CHISHOLM......................   740 AM         4.0         4.0         4.0
COOK..........................   840 AM         6.0         6.0         7.0
COTTON........................  1005 AM         1.0         1.0           M
EMBARRASS.....................   600 AM         1.0         1.0         3.0
ISLAND LAKE...................   915 AM         0.7         0.7         1.0
ORR...........................   610 AM         6.0         6.0         7.0
PROCTOR.......................   735 AM         3.2         3.2         3.0
TOWER.........................   705 AM         5.5         5.5         8.0
VIRGINIA......................   950 AM         5.0         5.0         7.0
WOLF RIDGE....................   700 AM         0.9         0.9         1.0
DULUTH NWS....................   600 AM         1.3         1.3         1.0
ISLAND LAKE...................   915 AM         0.7         0.7         1.0


CARLTON COUNTY
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MOOSE LAKE....................   715 AM         1.0         1.0         1.0
 

LAKE COUNTY
====================
SAWBILL LAKE..................   845 AM         1.5         1.5         8.0
SILVER BAY....................   700 AM         1.5         1.5         2.0
 

COOK COUNTY
====================
GRAND MARAIS 9NE..............  1010 AM         2.5         2.5           M
 

PINE COUNTY
====================
BRUNO.........................   745 AM         2.3         2.3         2.0
HINCKLEY......................   655 AM         1.2         1.2         1.0
HINCKLEY 1.5SW................   550 AM         1.2         1.2           M
PINE CITY 3N..................  1000 AM         0.5         1.5           M
 

NORTHWEST WISCONSIN              TIME       NEW SNOW   STORM TOTAL   SNOW DEPTH

DOUGLAS COUNTY
====================
MAPLE.........................   750 AM         2.8         2.8         3.0
SOLON SPRINGS.................   735 AM         1.0         1.0         1.0
BRULE 11N.....................   620 AM         2.0         2.0         2.0
SUPERIOR 10SE.................   730 AM         2.0         2.0           M
SOUTH RANGE 5E................  1005 AM         1.5         1.5         2.0
HAWTHORNE.....................  1030 AM         2.3         2.3         2.0
 

BAYFIELD COUNTY
====================
BAYFIELD......................   655 AM         0.5         0.5           M
 

ASHLAND COUNTY
====================
BUTTERNUT.....................   730 AM           T           T           M
CLAM LAKE.....................   935 AM         0.5         0.5         1.0
ASHLAND ......................   905 AM         1.1         1.1         1.0
 

IRON COUNTY
====================
GURNEY........................   850 AM           T           T           T
MONTREAL......................   735 AM           T           T           M
UPSON.........................   710 AM           T           T         1.0
 

BURNETT COUNTY
====================
DANBURY.......................  1010 AM         2.0         2.0         2.0
WEBSTER 1S....................   730 AM         1.2         1.2           M
 

WASHBURN COUNTY
====================
SARONA........................   635 AM         0.5         0.5           M


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
0325 PM CST WED DEC 14 2005

...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL REPORTS...THROUGH 325 PM...

LOCATION                         COUNTY        ACCUM


...SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...
AUSTIN - KAAL TV                MOWER           8.0
HIGHLAND                        FILLMORE        7.5
RACINE                          MOWER           7.0
MANTORVILLE 3E                  DODGE           6.5
KELLOGG 4S                      WABASHA         6.2
OAK CENTER                      WABASHA         6.2
SPRING VALLEY 3SW               FILLMORE        6.2
DOUGLAS 2N                      OLMSTED         6.0
PLAINVIEW                       WABASHA         5.5
PRESTON                         FILLMORE        5.3
BYRON                           OLMSTED         5.1
DODGE CENTER                    DODGE           5.0
ROCHESTER                       OLMSTED         5.0
STEWARTVILLE                    OLMSTED         5.0
MINNESOTA CITY                  WINONA          5.0
SPRING VALLEY                   FILLMORE        4.5
ROLLINGSTONE                    WINONA          4.5
RENO 3SW                        HOUSTON         3.8
LA CRESCENT - WXOW TV           HOUSTON         3.0

...WISCONSIN...
GILMANTON                       BUFFALO         5.0
WITHEE                          CLARK           5.0
LOYAL 6SE                       CLARK           5.0
ALMA                            BUFFALO         4.9
LA CROSSE NWS                   LA CROSSE       4.9
VICTORY                         VERNON          4.9
HOLMEN 1W                       LA CROSSE       4.6
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN                CRAWFORD        4.5
MAUSTON                         JUNEAU          4.5
ARCADIA                         TREMPEALEAU     4.5
BOAZ 6NNW                       RICHLAND        4.5
LAKE CAMELOT                    ADAMS           4.5
CHATFIELD 4W                    OLMSTED         4.5
NECEDAH 3SE                     JUNEAU          4.3
LANCASTER                       GRANT           4.0
PLATTEVILLE                     GRANT           4.0
COON VALLEY                     VERNON          4.0
WILTON                          MONROE          4.0
LUBLIN                          TAYLOR          4.0
MEDFORD (RURAL)                 TAYLOR          4.0
OSSEO                           TREMPEALEAU     3.5
BLACK RIVER FALLS 2E            JACKSON         3.5
ARKDALE                         ADAMS           3.0
SPARTA                          MONROE          3.0
INDEPENDENCE                    TREMPEALEAU     3.0
MINDORO                         LA CROSSE       2.5
RICHLAND CENTER 4W              RICHLAND        2.0


SCHMIDT/ADAMS/LUSSKY

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