Eastern ND and Northwest MN Weather History

The Weather History for the Month of January

1/1/2011
The second blizzard in as many days slowly winds down in the Red River Valley. Numerous road closures for 48 hours that included a 100 car pile up west of Fargo on December 30, 2010.
1/2/2004
A strong low pressure system brought moderate to heavy snowfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches to much of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Strong winds of 20 to 30 mph were also observed, with higher gusts. Several schools cancelled classes and evening activities.
1/3/2009
A winter storm brought moderate to heavy snowfall to much of the region. Some areas received up to 6 inches of snow.
1/4/1997
A strong low pressure system tracked across southern Minnesota into Wisconsin, producing a band of heavy snow across west central Minnesota. 27 inches fell near Wadena, 24 inches at Orwell Dam, 20 inches at Elbow Lake, Fergus Falls, and New York Mills, 17 inches in Nevis, 15 inches in Detroit Lakes, and 13 inches in Dent. Due to the weight of the snow, numerous reports of collapsed roofs were received. Strong northerly winds in excess of 45 mph followed the heavy snow, resulting in blizzard conditions and prompting several interstate and highway closures.
1/5/2004
Extreme cold temperatures combined with west/northwesterly winds of 10 to 20 mph to produce dangerous wind chills of 40 to 60 degrees below zero across portions of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
1/6/1989
One of the worst blizzards on record struck the Red River Valley. Very heavy snowfall was accompanied by winds of up to 50 mph, causing significant travel problems and resulting in several road closures. Around two feet of snow was recorded in Fargo, while some areas received as much as 26 inches of snowfall. This storm was a setup for flooding across the Red River Basin.
1/7/1989
One of the worst blizzards on record struck the Red River Valley. Very heavy snowfall was accompanied by winds of up to 50 mph, causing significant travel problems and resulting in several road closures. Around two feet of snow was recorded in Fargo, while some areas received as much as 26 inches of snowfall. This storm was a setup for flooding across the Red River Basin.
1/8/1887
The temperature fell to a chilling -48 degrees Fahrenheit at Fargo, ND. This was the coldest temperature ever recorded at Fargo.
1/9/1997
An Alberta Clipper storm system raced across northeastern North Dakota, and then stalled over the Red River Valley. Heavy snowfall accumulations of 6 to 9 inches combined with strong winds to produce blizzard conditions across much of the region, resulting in several road closures. A motorist was killed during the storm after leaving his stranded vehicle.
1/10/1975
The "Blizzard of the Century" had a severe impact on the state of Minnesota. Widespread snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 feet combined with winds as high as 80 mph made travel virtually impossible. The storm forced the closure of nearly all roads in Minnesota.
1/11/2009
Two to Five inches of snow fell from just west of Devils Lake, ND, southeastward into the southern Red River Valley. The most snow fell over southeastern ND. Blizzard conditions developed on the morning of the 12th as winds gusted in excess of 40 mph.
1/12/1888
The historic Children's Blizzard brought very heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds to much of the northern and central plains. The storm struck without warning during the middle of the day, catching many people off guard. Many school children were stranded, and more than 100 children were killed across the prairies of the northern and central plains.
1/13/1999
4 to 6 inches of snow fell across northwestern Minnesota. Winds gusted as high as 30 mph, reducing visibilities and producing dangerous wind chills of 55 degrees below zero.
1/14/1987
Arctic cold invaded the north central U.S. By evening blustery northwest winds and temperatures near zero at Grand Forks ND were producing wind chill readings of 50 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary)
1/15/1997
A strong arctic cold front brought strong winds in excess of 50 mph, creating ground blizzard conditions across much of the area. Wind chills fell to 50 to 70 below zero. Many schools closed on the 15th, and the governor ordered a statewide school closure on the 16th due to the extreme conditions.
1/16/1921
Blizzard conditions encompassed much of northern Minnesota as winds gusted to 59 mph.
1/17/1996
A strong low pressure system located over the Central Plains brought a combination of heavy snow, strong wind, and subzero temperatures to eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Snowfall amounts of 8 to 13 inches were common. The storm dropped a total of 20 inches of snow on Wahpeton, ND. A north wind gusting to up to 55 mph created drifts up to 10 feet high. Interstate 29 was closed in eastern ND, Interstate 94 was closed from Bismarck to Fargo, and US Highway 2 was closed from Grand Forks to Devils Lake. Many schools were closed at noon on the 17th, and did not re-open until the 22nd.
1/18/1996
A strong low pressure system located over the Central Plains brought a combination of heavy snow, strong wind, and subzero temperatures to eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Snowfall amounts of 8 to 13 inches were common. The storm dropped a total of 20 inches of snow on Wahpeton, ND. A north wind gusting to up to 55 mph created drifts up to 10 feet high. Interstate 29 was closed in eastern ND, Interstate 94 was closed from Bismarck to Fargo, and US Highway 2 was closed from Grand Forks to Devils Lake. Many schools were closed at noon on the 17th, and did not re-open until the 22nd.
1/19/1999
A low pressure system tracked across southern Canada, producing blizzard conditions across portions of northeastern ND and northwestern MN. A few schools closed for the day, due to the poor visibility.
1/20/1908
Fargo, ND, reached a high temperature of 54 degrees. This is the all-time warmest temperature ever recorded in Fargo during the month of January.
1/21/1997
A combination of strong winds and snow gave way to another blizzard across northwestern Minnesota. Many schools were forced to close on the 22nd, with many schools reporting their 8th closure so far during the winter. Several motorists had to be rescued after becoming stranded during the storm.
1/22/1982
16.3 inches of snow fell at Fargo, setting a new daily snowfall record in Fargo for the month of January.
1/23/2010
A period of snow and rain concluded with a major blizzard on Monday, January 25. Light to moderate snowfall fell across much of the region, and visibilities were dramatically reduced as winds gusted as high as 55 mph for a majority of the day. Travel was very difficult, if not impossible in many areas across eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
1/24/2010
A period of snow and rain concluded with a major blizzard on Monday, January 25. Light to moderate snowfall fell across much of the region, and visibilities were dramatically reduced as winds gusted as high as 55 mph for a majority of the day. Travel was very difficult, if not impossible in many areas across eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
1/25/2010
A period of snow and rain concluded with a major blizzard on Monday, January 25. Light to moderate snowfall fell across much of the region, and visibilities were dramatically reduced as winds gusted as high as 55 mph for a majority of the day. Travel was very difficult, if not impossible in many areas across eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
1/26/2004
An inverted trough extended into the northern plains from an area of low pressure over the central plains, bringing a broad swath of 6 or more inches of snow to much of the northern plains. A heavy snow band organized from Cooperstown, ND, to Mayville, toward Wadena, MN. Snowfall accumulations approached two feet along this band. Wind chills of 20 to 30 degrees below zero also occurred during the day on Sunday, January 25th. Many areas had not experienced a storm of such significance since the record-setting winter of 1996/1997. As a result, a 15 to 20 car pileup occurred on the Interstate 94 bridge between Fargo and Moorhead.
1/27/2003
A strong low pressure system moved across southern Canada, bringing 4 to 5 inches of snow and 25 to 35 mph winds to the northern Red River Valley.
1/28/2006
An inverted trough extending from a strong low pressure system which tracked from Kansas to Wisconsin resulted in a band of heavy snow across portions of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. A total of 6 to 12 inches of snow fell from Lancaster, MN, to Park River, ND, to McVille, ND. In Minnesota, Lancaster reported 12.5 inches of snow, and Hallock reported around 9 inches. In North Dakota, Park River reported a total of around 10 inches of snow.
1/29/2001
A vertically stacked low pressure system moved from the Four Corners region into northwest Iowa, wrapping precipitation into extreme southeastern ND and west central MN. The precipitation began as freezing rain before changing over to snow. Many areas saw in excess of a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation. In general, 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation followed the significant icing.
1/30/2004
An extremely cold air mass allowed temperatures to plunge across much of the northern plains. Air temperatures fell to 50 degrees below zero at Fosston. The mercury fell to 48 degrees below zero at Ada, 45 below at Park Rapids, and 43 below at Thorhult.
1/31/1893
A blizzard at Park Rapids, Minnesota, forced the temperature to drop by 40 degrees F in less than 5 hours.

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