March 4-5, 2013 Winter Storm

Meteorological Overview

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Snowfall Totals March 4-5

Snowfall Totals March 3-5

 Overview

A potent storm system dropped out of the Dakotas and into the Ohio Valley March 4th and 5th.  Initially the snow impacted mainly northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota during the morning of the 4th, but the second round of snow brought heavier accumulations starting on the evening of March 4th, with the snow continuing through Wednesday the 5th. 

  • The first round of accumulating snow brought 1 to 3 inches to areas mainly west of the Mississippi River.
  • The second round was heavier and more widespread, with most areas picking up an additional 4 to 8 inches, with isolated higher amounts between 10 and 12 inches.  
  • March snow storms can produce heavy, wet snow making it a tough job to shovel and clear. However, this storm produced lighter snows with less liquid content. The water contained in 1" of snow from this storm contained about 0.07-0.08" of liquid water, versus a more March-like 0.10-0.11". For a 10" snow, this equates to 0.70-0.80" of liquid water once melted versus 1.0-1.1". A noticeable difference in weight.

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March 4 6pm (Mon) - March 5 3pm (Tue) 

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Snowfall Totals 
March 4 Evening - March 5

Snowfall Totals 
March 3 Evening - March 5

  Snowfall Totals (March 4 Evening - March 5) 

LOCATION                       AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

NORTHEAST IOWA

...ALLAMAKEE...
LANSING 4SE                    5.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.32N/91.16W
2 W ELON                       5.5 IN    0707 PM 03/05   43.27N/91.38W

...CHICKASAW...
NEW HAMPTON                    4.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.06N/92.31W

...CLAYTON...
EDGEWOOD                       6.5 IN    0731 PM 03/05   42.65N/91.40W
ELKADER 6SSW                   6.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.78N/91.45W
GUTTENBERG DAM 10              5.7 IN    0600 AM 03/06   42.79N/91.10W
MONONA WWTP                    5.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.04N/91.40W
VOLGA 1NE                      4.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.81N/91.52W

...FAYETTE...
FAYETTE                        6.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.85N/91.82W

...FLOYD...
CHARLES CITY                   3.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.06N/92.67W

...HOWARD...
ELMA                           5.9 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.24N/92.44W
CRESCO 1NE                     5.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.39N/92.09W

...MITCHELL...
ST ANSGAR                      3.4 IN    0630 AM 03/06   43.38N/92.92W
OSAGE                          3.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.28N/92.81W

...WINNESHIEK...
KENDALLVILLE 4N                6.5 IN    0525 PM 03/05   43.50N/92.01W
DECORAH                        6.0 IN    0600 PM 03/05   43.30N/91.80W
4 S SATTRE                     5.5 IN    0622 AM 03/06   43.34N/91.64W

SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA

...DODGE...
MANTORVILLE                    7.0 IN    0429 PM 03/05   44.07N/92.76W
2 SSE CLAREMONT                6.6 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.01N/92.99W

...FILLMORE...
SPRING VALLEY 3E               9.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.68N/92.33W
PRESTON                        6.6 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.67N/92.07W

...HOUSTON...
1 WNW LA CRESCENT              6.6 IN    0745 PM 03/05   43.83N/91.31W
2 ENE WILMINGTON               5.9 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.56N/91.51W
RENO 3SW                       5.6 IN    0556 PM 03/05   43.53N/91.33W
CALEDONIA                      5.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.63N/91.50W

...MOWER...
GRAND MEADOW                   8.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.71N/92.56W
AUSTIN WASTE WATER TREATMENT F 4.3 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.65N/92.97W

...OLMSTED...
2 NE ROCHESTER                 9.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.04N/92.44W
STEWARTVILLE                   9.3 IN    0115 PM 03/05   43.86N/92.49W
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPOR 8.7 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.91N/92.50W
ROCHESTER 1NW                  8.5 IN    0228 PM 03/05   44.02N/92.49W
3 W ROCHESTER                  8.3 IN    0730 AM 03/06   44.01N/92.53W
ELGIN 2SSW                     7.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.10N/92.27W
BYRON 4 NORTH                  7.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.09N/92.64W

...WABASHA...
READS LANDING 1W              10.0 IN    0322 PM 03/05   44.40N/92.17W
THEILMAN 1SSW                  9.5 IN    0830 AM 03/06   44.28N/92.19W
ZUMBRO FALLS 2NE               8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.30N/92.40W
LAKE CITY                      8.0 IN    0800 AM 03/06   44.44N/92.28W
4 SSW ZUMBRO FALLS             8.0 IN    0830 AM 03/06   44.24N/92.46W
MAZEPPA 5SE                    7.5 IN    0348 PM 03/05   44.21N/92.48W
WABASHA                        7.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.38N/92.05W

...WINONA...
WINONA DAM 5A                  9.0 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.09N/91.67W
ALTURA 5W                      8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.06N/92.04W
MINNESOTA CITY DAM 5           8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.16N/91.81W
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6              7.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.00N/91.44W

SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN

...ADAMS...
FRIENDSHIP                     3.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.98N/89.83W
ARKDALE                        3.5 IN    0835 PM 03/05   44.03N/89.89W
MONROE CENTER 1E               3.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.11N/89.92W
GRAND MARSH                    3.0 IN    0642 PM 03/05   43.90N/89.71W

...BUFFALO...
ALMA DAM 4                    11.1 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.33N/91.92W
MONDOVI                        7.3 IN    0600 PM 03/05   44.56N/91.67W
GILMANTON 6W                   6.5 IN    0831 PM 03/05   44.47N/91.77W

...CLARK...
NEILLSVILLE                    5.5 IN    0829 PM 03/05   44.56N/90.59W
OWEN 2N                        2.1 IN    0800 AM 03/06   44.98N/90.55W

...CRAWFORD...
DESOTO 1SE                     6.0 IN    0836 PM 03/05   43.41N/91.19W
STEUBEN 4SE                    4.8 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.13N/90.84W
LYNXVILLE DAM 9                4.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.21N/91.10W
4 N PLUGTOWN                   3.6 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.26N/90.76W
SOLDIERS GROVE                 3.5 IN    0726 AM 03/06   43.39N/90.78W

...GRANT...
CASSVILLE 8NE                  6.0 IN    0521 PM 03/05   42.80N/90.89W
LANCASTER 4WSW                 6.0 IN    0815 AM 03/06   42.83N/90.79W
LANCASTER                      5.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.85N/90.71W
MUSCODA 6S                     4.7 IN    0507 PM 03/05   43.10N/90.44W

...JACKSON...
HATFIELD DAM                   8.5 IN    0710 AM 03/06   44.41N/90.73W
BLACK RVR FALLS                8.0 IN    0824 PM 03/05   44.30N/90.85W
MERRILLAN                      7.0 IN    0826 PM 03/05   44.45N/90.84W
BLACK RIVER FALLS SEWAGE       4.5 IN    0830 AM 03/06   44.29N/90.85W

...JUNEAU...
CAMP DOUGLAS 4N                3.3 IN    0606 PM 03/05   43.97N/90.27W

...LA CROSSE...
LA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    7.8 IN    0600 PM 03/05   43.88N/91.26W
NWS LA CROSSE                  7.4 IN    0607 PM 03/05   43.82N/91.19W
LA CROSSE 4NNW                 7.2 IN    0730 AM 03/06   43.87N/91.27W
ST.JOSEPH                      6.8 IN    0539 PM 03/05   43.78N/91.04W
HOLMEN 4N                      6.2 IN    0354 PM 03/05   44.02N/91.30W
WEST SALEM                     6.4 IN    0647 PM 03/05   43.90N/91.10W
HOLMEN 2S                      6.4 IN    0834 PM 03/05   43.95N/91.26W
2 NW ONALASKA                  6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.90N/91.24W

...MONROE...
WARRENS 4WSW                   9.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.10N/90.59W
4 WNW KENDALL                  5.2 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.81N/90.44W
1 ENE MELVINA                  4.9 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.81N/90.76W
TUNNEL CITY                    4.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.01N/90.57W
SPARTA                         4.1 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.94N/90.82W

...RICHLAND...
RICHLAND CENTER 1NW            8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.36N/90.42W
ITHACA 2S                      5.0 IN    0810 PM 03/05   43.34N/90.28W
RICHLAND CENTER 4W             5.5 IN    0814 PM 03/05   43.33N/90.46W

...TREMPEALEAU...
OSSEO                          7.2 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.58N/91.22W
CENTERVILLE 1N                 7.1 IN    0837 PM 03/05   44.08N/91.46W
ETTRICK 4WNW                   6.8 IN    0655 AM 03/06   44.19N/91.34W
GALESVILLE 3ENE                5.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.09N/91.29W
GALESVILLE 2WSW                5.5 IN    0454 PM 03/05   44.08N/91.37W

...VERNON...
GENOA DAM 8                    7.0 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.57N/91.23W
STODDARD 5NNE                  5.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.72N/91.17W
STODDARD 2NE                   5.7 IN    0328 PM 03/05   43.69N/91.18W
STODDARD                       5.6 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.66N/91.22W
HILLSBORO 1WSW                 5.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.65N/90.35W
ONTARIO 3E                     4.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.72N/90.53W
HILLSBORO WSW                  4.5 IN    0619 PM 03/05   43.65N/90.35W
WESTBY 3ENE                    4.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.67N/90.81W
VIROQUA                        4.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.56N/90.88W
READSTOWN 4NE                  3.9 IN    0600 PM 03/05   43.48N/90.69W
WESTBY 3ENE                    3.2 IN    0417 PM 03/05   43.67N/90.81W

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Snowfall Totals (March 3 Evening - March 5) 

LOCATION                       AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

NORTHEAST IOWA

...ALLAMAKEE...
LANSING 4SE                    5.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.32N/91.16W

...CHICKASAW...
NEW HAMPTON                    7.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.06N/92.31W

...CLAYTON...
ELKADER 6SSW                   6.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.78N/91.45W
GUTTENBERG DAM 10              5.7 IN    0600 AM 03/06   42.79N/91.10W
MONONA WWTP                    5.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.04N/91.40W
VOLGA 1NE                      4.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.81N/91.52W

...FAYETTE...
CLERMONT                       9.3 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.00N/91.66W
FAYETTE                        7.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.85N/91.82W
OELWEIN 1E                     5.9 IN    0630 AM 03/06   42.68N/91.88W

...FLOYD...
CHARLES CITY                   5.3 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.06N/92.67W

...HOWARD...
ELMA                           6.9 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.24N/92.44W
CRESCO 1NE                     6.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.39N/92.09W

...MITCHELL...
ST ANSGAR                      4.9 IN    0630 AM 03/06   43.38N/92.92W
OSAGE                          4.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.28N/92.81W

...WINNESHIEK...
4 S SATTRE                     5.5 IN    0622 AM 03/06   43.34N/91.64W

SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA

...DODGE...
2 SSE CLAREMONT                8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.01N/92.99W

...FILLMORE...
SPRING VALLEY 3E              10.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.68N/92.33W
PRESTON                        7.4 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.67N/92.07W

...HOUSTON...
CALEDONIA                      5.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.63N/91.50W

...MOWER...
GRAND MEADOW                   10.0 IN   0600 AM 03/06   43.71N/92.56W
AUSTIN WASTE WATER TREATMENT F 5.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.65N/92.97W

...OLMSTED...
2 NE ROCHESTER                 9.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.04N/92.44W
3 W ROCHESTER                  9.3 IN    0730 AM 03/06   44.01N/92.53W
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPOR 8.9 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.91N/92.50W
BYRON 4 NORTH                  8.3 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.09N/92.64W
ELGIN 2SSW                     8.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.10N/92.27W

...WABASHA...
4 SSW ZUMBRO FALLS             8.5 IN    0830 AM 03/06   44.24N/92.46W
ZUMBRO FALLS 2NE               8.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.30N/92.40W
LAKE CITY                      8.0 IN    0800 AM 03/06   44.44N/92.28W
WABASHA                        7.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.38N/92.05W

...WINONA...
WINONA DAM 5A                  9.0 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.09N/91.67W
MINNESOTA CITY DAM 5           8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.16N/91.81W
ALTURA 5W                      8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.06N/92.04W
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6              7.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   44.00N/91.44W
LA CRESCENT DAM 7              4.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.87N/91.31W

SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN

...ADAMS...
FRIENDSHIP                     3.7 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.98N/89.83W
MONROE CENTER 1E               3.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.11N/89.92W

...BUFFALO...
ALMA DAM 4                     11.1 IN   0600 AM 03/06   44.33N/91.92W

...CLARK...
OWEN 2N                        2.1 IN    0800 AM 03/06   44.98N/90.55W

...CRAWFORD...
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN               5.9 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.05N/91.13W
LYNXVILLE DAM 9                4.5 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.21N/91.10W
4 N PLUGTOWN                   3.6 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.26N/90.76W
MOUNT ZION 2NW                 3.6 IN    1128 AM 03/06   43.29N/90.87W
SOLDIERS GROVE                 3.5 IN    0726 AM 03/06   43.39N/90.78W
FERRYVILLE 4ESE                3.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.33N/91.02W

...GRANT...
LANCASTER 4WSW                 6.0 IN    0815 AM 03/06   42.83N/90.79W
LANCASTER                      5.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   42.85N/90.71W

...JACKSON...
HATFIELD DAM                   8.5 IN    0710 AM 03/06   44.41N/90.73W
BLACK RIVER FALLS SEWAGE       4.5 IN    0830 AM 03/06   44.29N/90.85W

...LA CROSSE...
LA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    8.0 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.88N/91.26W
LA CROSSE 4NNW                 7.2 IN    0730 AM 03/06   43.87N/91.27W
WEST SALEM                     6.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.90N/91.09W
HOLMEN 2S                      6.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.93N/91.25W
2 NW ONALASKA                  6.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.90N/91.24W

...MONROE...
WARRENS 4WSW                   9.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.10N/90.59W
4 WNW KENDALL                  5.2 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.81N/90.44W
1 ENE MELVINA                  4.9 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.81N/90.76W
TUNNEL CITY                    4.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.01N/90.57W
SPARTA                         4.1 IN    0800 AM 03/06   43.94N/90.82W

...RICHLAND...
RICHLAND CENTER 1NW            8.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.36N/90.42W
RICHLAND CENTER                4.1 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.32N/90.38W

...TREMPEALEAU...
OSSEO                          7.2 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.58N/91.22W
ETTRICK 4WNW                   6.8 IN    0655 AM 03/06   44.19N/91.34W
GALESVILLE 3ENE                5.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.09N/91.29W
GALESVILLE 2WSW                5.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   44.07N/91.39W

...VERNON...
GENOA DAM 8                    7.0 IN    0600 AM 03/06   43.57N/91.23W
STODDARD                       5.6 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.66N/91.22W
HILLSBORO WSW                  5.0 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.65N/90.35W
LA FARGE                       4.9 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.57N/90.64W
ONTARIO 3E                     4.8 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.72N/90.53W
WESTBY 3ENE                    4.5 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.67N/90.81W
VIROQUA                        4.4 IN    0700 AM 03/06   43.56N/90.8


 

 


 



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