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Holy cow.  There are reports of 14-16" in eastern South Dakota.  There are some 12" reports eastward toward Mankato.  

 

This bugs me.  Here in Cedar Rapids we struggle for years just to get 8" from the biggest storms, but little systems like this one drop 12-16" in a few spots.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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I hadn't shoveled the multiple rounds of fluff stuff the past 3 days and decided I'd just wait and collect what remained with today's event. First time doing the entire property since slab-fest 3 wks

Ended up with around 8 or so here   Euro was pretty much right on the money. Gfs//NAM too low

Fluff pound town. About 3.5” so far. Looks like we’ll hit at least 6” based on current radar trends. Points north of here won’t get nearly as much. Visibility 1/4 mi.

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2" since daybreak. No wind to speak of. Snow is falling straight down which is a very unusual sight.

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Back edge about to move through here. Light snow still but the sun made a brief appearance a few minutes ago. Just happened to be looking out the window when 2 squirrels chasing each other in the trees both fell about 30 feet into the fresh powder. Must be like landing on a pillow because they both got back up and climbed up the tree.

 

Fresh powder saves lives. Who says snowstorms only cause death and destruction?

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We are just getting some light rain/sleet here in Cedar Rapids.

 

Most of Iowa didn't get jack from this system.  Only a sliver along the MN/IA border received good snow.  The Mason City area only got 1.5".

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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Back edge about to move through here. Light snow still but the sun made a brief appearance a few minutes ago. Just happened to be looking out the window when 2 squirrels chasing each other in the trees both fell about 30 feet into the fresh powder. Must be like landing on a pillow because they both got back up and climbed up the tree.

 

Fresh powder saves lives. Who says snowstorms only cause death and destruction?

I'm in Vadnais Heights. Haven't been out yet but it looks like a solid hit from looking out the window. I'll be heading back home later. Curious what the drive down 35 will be like.
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I'm in Vadnais Heights. Haven't been out yet but it looks like a solid hit from looking out the window. I'll be heading back home later. Curious what the drive down 35 will be like.

Looking like a solid 5-6” out there. I’ll measure when I fire up the snowblower in a bit.

 

Safe travels home buddy!

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Surface dry air isn't being friendly right now. Hoping ptype stays as snow when the main precip shield hits here. 35.4*F.

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>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"), 4/13-14 (1.4")

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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Looking like a solid 5-6” out there. I’ll measure when I fire up the snowblower in a bit.

 

Iowa's loss was your gain.  What were you expecting out of this on the north side of the metro?

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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Just like they said, it’s like a wall of snow...the winds are gusty but the snow isn’t accumulating as good as I hoped it would. Temps surged into low 30’s (34F) prior to the snows arrival. It’s nice to see if snow again.

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The “winter” that keep on giving. Another Chicago “snow system” which falls in > 32 temps on warm ground which leads to wet roads and sidewalks only to end as liquid precip. #neverforgetepicwinterof’19/‘20.

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Hmm. Looks like the HRRR did well in the max band. Count me surprised. It is baffling however, that even with similar climo, eastern Iowa can never manage a system like this. We struggle to get 4" from systems most winters.

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2020-21 Snowfall: (Hiawatha)

TOTAL: 51.6"

(Oct. 18: 0.6") (Oct 19: 2.0") (Nov. ?: 1.5") (Dec. 12: 3.7") (Dec. 23: 0.5") (Dec. 27: 1.2") (Dec. 29: 9.2") (Jan. 15: 2.3”) (Jan 17. 1.1”)  (Jan. 24: 2.5”) (Jan. 26: 6.8") (Jan. 31: 8.5") (Feb. 4: 5.0") (Feb. 6: 0.5") (Feb. 8: 1.0") (Feb. 11: 1.2") (Feb. 13: 1.3") (Feb. 21: 2.7")

 

 

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One final snow band is moving through here in Guttenberg. It’s been snowing moderately for the last hour. Gonna finish at about 1.8”

 

It's rarely good to be near the south edge of these systems.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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Pretty insane sleet/snow returns over Frankfort, IN right now. 50 dBZ returns and only half of it is showing as sleet.

>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"), 4/13-14 (1.4")

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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A band of heavy snow that formed just east of Cedar Rapids around midday dropped up to 2.5"/hr snow.  There are some 2.5-3+" reports from just east of CR through nw Illinois.

 

I never saw more than a few flakes.  It was mostly freezing rain and sleet that only totaled 0.10".

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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A band of heavy snow that formed just east of Cedar Rapids around midday dropped up to 2.5"/hr snow. There are some 2.5-3+" reports from just east of CR through nw Illinois.

 

I never saw more than a few flakes. It was mostly freezing rain and sleet that only totaled 0.10".

The cloud tops of that band have a “bumpy” connective look on visible satellite. Pretty neat.

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Iowa's loss was your gain. What were you expecting out of this on the north side of the metro?

Honestly I wasn’t expecting this to be a big deal for mby. The razor sharp gradient on the northern edge gave me a bad feeling. My initial call was 1.25” and then the models on Friday really went south of here with the best snow. So that confirmed my call. This was an overachiever locally imo.

 

Measured 5.5” on the driveway. Nice little storm. Near full sun this afternoon.

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Moderate snow currently. Not accumulating at all with a temp of 35.2*F.

>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"), 4/13-14 (1.4")

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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It's accumulating finally, but returns are dying as they get closer to here so I'm not expecting any more than an inch, if that. 32.5*F.

>1" Snowfalls for Fargo-Hector Int'l Airport in 2020-21: 10/20 (4.2"), 10/22 (2.7"), 12/23 (1.2"), 12/27 (1.8"), 12/29-30 (4.1"), 1/23 (1.9"), 4/13-14 (1.4")

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

 

First flake of the season: 10/15 @ 21:27 CDT

 

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It's accumulating finally, but returns are dying as they get closer to here so I'm not expecting any more than an inch, if that. 32.5*F.

 

Yep. Mission fail for the southern fringe on this one. It ripped pixies for about 30 mins then slacked off big time. Snizzle now on top of 0.7" just measured. 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Honestly I wasn’t expecting this to be a big deal for mby. The razor sharp gradient on the northern edge gave me a bad feeling. My initial call was 1.25” and then the models on Friday really went south of here with the best snow. So that confirmed my call. This was an overachiever locally imo.

 

Measured 5.5” on the driveway. Nice little storm. Near full sun this afternoon.

 

Congrats up there bud! This is going to treat NMI very well too. One of those events I always loved when I lived there, the late-game N trender type. At least the ground is covered here. About all one can expect down at this latitude these days. 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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I hadn't shoveled the multiple rounds of fluff stuff the past 3 days and decided I'd just wait and collect what remained with today's event. First time doing the entire property since slab-fest 3 wks ago. Tonight was much easier and less of a "chore" on the back. While not UP deep, it's a mid-winter's evening and I even had a nice burst of +SN after mostly mix had been the flavor the past 90 mins. A few inches OTG is a hard-fought win this season. 

 

#cozywinter

 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Ended up with around 8 or so here

 

Euro was pretty much right on the money. Gfs//NAM too low

 

You mean, the Euro was (wait for it) Money?!?  ;)  Congrats. Some are still waiting their turn at such a nice storm total. Hope you're happy being one of those on the inside looking out..

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Back edge about to move through here. Light snow still but the sun made a brief appearance a few minutes ago. Just happened to be looking out the window when 2 squirrels chasing each other in the trees both fell about 30 feet into the fresh powder. Must be like landing on a pillow because they both got back up and climbed up the tree.

Fresh powder saves lives. Who says snowstorms only cause death and destruction?

I'm not disagreeing with you about saving lives, but those squirrels likely wouldn't have been injured much if anything without snow to break their fall anyway since they are light and agile. I've never seen a flying squirrel glide, but would love to. Ha I realize though, that you're not talking about those. I've actually seen a much heavier and somewhat clumsy raccoons fall about that distance only to quickly run off though they might have been injured slightly. My friend said he saw a raccoon fall yet further and run off, and I suspect cats are similar!

 

As far as weather goes, there is less snow now than this morning since a bit more melted today. I ended up with 0.07" of rain today with a bit of sleet mixed in at first. And on Friday I picked up only .5" of fluffy snow on top of the old snow. It's been boring lately but winter was active and much wetter than normal so far here.

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I hadn't shoveled the multiple rounds of fluff stuff the past 3 days and decided I'd just wait and collect what remained with today's event. First time doing the entire property since slab-fest 3 wks ago. Tonight was much easier and less of a "chore" on the back. While not UP deep, it's a mid-winter's evening and I even had a nice burst of +SN after mostly mix had been the flavor the past 90 mins. A few inches OTG is a hard-fought win this season. 

 

#cozywinter

 

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Nice cozy pic bud! Looking like winter there compared to my area!
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From GRR's pm disco (that I just read tbh). Anyone familiar with this model version they mentioned doing so well?

 

-- Accumulating snow into this evening --


We will continue our headlines as they are with no changes. The
jet dynamics forced snow event will be at it`s max snowfall rates
in the 5 pm till 7 pm time frame. Based on the HRRRdev3 12z run(the
only hi-res model to show the lead snow band as it actually was)
shows snowfall rates of 0.5 to 1.0 inches per hour from near
(just south of) I-96 from 5 pm till 7 pm and comes up with total
(using variable snow density) of 3 to 4 inches near I-96, 4 to 6
inches for our two northern rows of counties and 1 to 2 inches for
our southern 2 rows of counties. Given we had 1.5 inches from the
event at our office so far, this means we need only another 1.5
inches to reach the model forecast.

Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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As far as weather goes, there is less snow now than this morning since a bit more melted today. I ended up with 0.07" of rain today with a bit of sleet mixed in at first. And on Friday I picked up only .5" of fluffy snow on top of the old snow. It's been boring lately but winter was active and much wetter than normal so far here.

Thinking it over a bit maybe this winter wasn't a lot wetter than normal except for January.

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All the model runs that tried to dip the heavy band into Iowa were wrong.  The Canadian was way off.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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