Snowfall reports from today’s winter storm; frigid weather the next few days

Storm Total Snowfall Reports as of 5 PM Monday, December 9, 2019. Source: https://www.weather.gov/dlh/

Poplar, WI: 10.5″
Bayfield, WI: 9.5″
Lake Nebagamon, WI: 9.0″
11 E Solon Springs, WI: 9.0″
Grand View, WI: 8.3″
Cable, WI: 8.0″
2 NE Munger, MN: 8.0″
2 ENE Holyoke, MN: 7.8″
3 SSW Bruno, MN: 7.5″
2 SSW Moose Lake, MN: 7.1″
3 N Mahtowa, MN: 7.1″
7 W Hovland, MN: 7.0″
2 W Hayward, WI: 7.0″
1 N Cloquet, MN: 7.0″
Willow River, MN: 7.0″
2 E Hertel, WI: 6.8″
Duluth Airport: 6.5″
2 WNW Two Harbors, MN: 6.0″
7 WSW Pine River, MN: 5.0″
2 SSW Ely, MN: 5.0″
Kettle River, MN: 4.8″
Two Harbors, MN: 4.6″

Note: Today’s winter storm went pretty much as forecast, but with every winter storm a few areas ended up with less snow, other areas had a little more snow.

One location which ended up with less snow than what I had forecast was here in Duluth, with an official total of 6.5″ at the Airport today, this is even less than the low end of my range which was 8″, and not even close to the top end of my range which was 12″. Snow to liquid ratios ended up right around 18:1 in Duluth which is what most models were showing. Didn’t get much lake enhancement, however, and this probably resulted in snowfall totals falling shy of my forecast. Forecasting snowfall totals for winter storms is always fun, but very difficult, it only takes one or two things to go wrong to mess up a snowfall forecast, but after 10-15 years of doing this (it’s a hobby for me) I still enjoy it whether I’m right or wrong.

*Snowfall total of 6.5 inches at the Duluth Airport today, this makes December 9th, 2019 the 2nd snowiest December 9th in station history. The record snowfall for December 9th is 7.1 inches set in 1961.

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-Wind Chill Advisory covers all of northeast, north-central and east-central Minnesota (light blue shaded area on map) through Tuesday morning. Wind chills in the advisory area ranging from 30 to 35 below zero. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

-Wind Chill Advisory for Duluth runs from Midnight tonight to 10 AM Tuesday.

-Winter Storm Warning continues until 9 PM tonight for Washburn, Bayfield and Ashland, and until Midnight tonight for Hurley and Gile. Additional snowfall accumulations of 1 to 5 inches with the greatest amounts in the Hurley and Gile areas.

Road Conditions

Minnesota: https://lb.511mn.org/
Wisconsin: https://511wi.gov/

Low temperature forecast for Tuesday morning, December 10. Source: https://graphical.weather.gov/

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, December 10.

Will get a break in the snow the next few days with the big weather story around here being the cold temps and bitterly cold wind chills through Thursday morning. Temps modify a bit on Thursday when a little snow is possible as a clipper system passes through the area.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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