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Edit: Now 2-4” with localized 6” in the advisory area. Winter storm warning for 7-10” southwest of the metro near Mankato. Crazy stuff.

My buddy just told me it snowed 2” in 2 hours. I saw a video of him driving through his neighborhood and the snow banks are so high! The snow depth looks great up there.

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My buddy just told me it snowed 2” in 2 hours. I saw a video of him driving through his neighborhood and the snow banks are so high! The snow depth looks great up there.

Yep, totally I believe the 2” in 2 hours. It’s absolutely rippin out there. I’m about to step outside myself as the heaviest part of the band moves overhead.

 

I believe MSP was officially at 9” snow depth as of this morning.

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Snow started here. Hopefully it will stay snow as the radar returns on the west side of MI push through, they look like they mean business. Jaster, snow over there?

 

Just coming on to post that here we have some of the best conditions of the season. 30F with nice flake size and stacking efficiently. Roads even got covered quickly in town. 

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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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Reports of 8” in Nicollet County, in the warning area. We’re at just over 2” here and still snowing. This after the snow chances were dropped to 40% just before the precip started. Whoops.

 

You can say that again! GRR caught with pants around ankles on this one. Here's map from 6 this evening with 1-2" before switch to RN:

 

20200217 GRR Snow-cast map.png

 

Just eye-balled 3" on my deck, and that's since it began about 7:30 so a couple hours ago only! Pure rippage out there attm. Their evening update said that they were concerned about dry air eating into totals, lol. I'm more concerned about a legit snow day for kiddies tomorrow! 

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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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You can say that again! GRR caught with pants around ankles on this one. Here's map from 6 this evening with 1-2" before switch to RN:

 

20200217 GRR Snow-cast map.png

 

Just eye-balled 3" on my deck, and that's since it began about 7:30 so a couple hours ago only! Pure rippage out there attm. Their evening update said that they were concerned about dry air eating into totals, lol. I'm more concerned about a legit snow day for kiddies tomorrow!

GRR was not alone, DTX also upping accumulations but I still think the forecast is too low (up to 1" for MBY). Score one for the GGEM/RGEM!

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Great night for my airport unit to go on the blink. :rolleyes: Obs stuck at 8:35 (~90 min's ago)

 

Peeked outside about 10 min's ago and had some legit chutes falling. This report backs up my eye-balled estimate..

 

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
954 PM EST MON FEB 17 2020

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0939 PM SNOW 2 SW BATTLE CREEK 42.29N 85.20W
02/17/2020 M3.0 INCH CALHOUN MI PUBLIC

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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 picked up 0.20" of rain.

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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:)  Measured 3.5" when it was just about ending here last night. Can't believe I beat SPS  :ph34r:

 

Top 1.5" was total cotton balls. Stuff was pretty fluffy despite temps just below freezing. By the time I stepped out for work, temp had risen to 36F and the snow was a very slushy 1.5"

 

Ofc, it had rained a bit too but that's some serious compaction!

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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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