December 26th, 2012 Winter Storm

A strong low pressure system moved from the southern Plains across the Ohio Valley on December 26th, 2012. The storm produced widespread heavy snow from Arkansas all the way to the East Coast. The local area was on the northern fringes of the heaviest snow with most locations in receiving 3 to 5 inches. Heavier amounts of 5 to 9 inches were seen across southeastern portions of the area. The storm also produced gusty winds which caused blowing and drifting snow and hazardous travel conditions across the region.

In the table below are maps with U.S. surface analysis and radar composites during the event. Click on the images to view higher resolution.

       
 12Z (7am EST) Map
 15Z (10am EST) Map
 18Z (1 pm EST) Map
 21Z (4 pm EST) Map

 

The image below shows snowfall totals from the storm across the region. This product is an objective analysis of NWS Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) and Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) snowfall reports.  CoCoRaHS data is from non-NWS sources and may have not been fully quality controlled. Daily snowfall analysis is available here.

Local Storm Total Snowfall

LOCATION SNOWFALL (INCHES) TIME/DATE OF MEASUREMENT COMMENTS
INDIANA      
       
...ADAMS COUNTY...      
1 N DECATUR 3.5 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...ALLEN COUNTY...      
4 SE FORT WAYNE 5.8 800 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
5 WSW FORT WAYNE 5.5 800 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
2 N FORT WAYNE 4.5 430 PM 12/26  
3 NE FORT WAYNE 4 609 PM 12/26  
5 SW FORT WAYNE 3.1 700 PM 12/26 OFFICIAL NWS OBS
       
...BLACKFORD COUNTY...      
SSW HARTFORD CITY 5 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
SSE HARTFORD CITY 4.9 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
1 N HARTFORD CITY 4.8 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
HARTFORD CITY 4.5 1125 AM 12/26  
       
...CASS COUNTY...      
1 ESE GALVESTON 5 800 AM 12/27  
2 ENE LOGANSPORT 3.5 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...ELKHART COUNTY...      
WSW WAKARUSA 3 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
3 WSW GOSHEN 2.6 800 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
1 NE ELKHART 2 300 PM 12/26 STORM TOTAL
JIMTOWN 2 358 PM 12/26  
2 NW GOSHEN 1.8 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...FULTON COUNTY...      
ROCHESTER 3 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
AKRON 2.8 745 PM 12/26  
       
...GRANT COUNTY...      
W MATTHEWS 6.0 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
GAS CITY 4.8 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
MARION 3.5 1149 AM 12/26  
2 N MARION 3.1 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...HUNTINGTON COUNTY...      
W HUNTINGTON 3.4 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
HUNTINGTON 3 220 PM 12/26  
       
...JAY COUNTY...      
6 SSE PORTLAND 6.1 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
5 SW PORTLAND 5 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...KOSCIUSKO COUNTY...      
2 SW NORTH WEBSTER 3.8 652 PM 12/26  
2 N NORTH WEBSTER 2.3 700 AM 12/27 NWS OFFICE STORM TOTAL
       
...LAGRANGE COUNTY...      
7 ESE LAGRANGE 3 800 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...MARSHALL COUNTY...      
PLYMOUTH 4.4 600 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...MIAMI COUNTY...      
PERU 4.5 147 PM 12/26  
       
...ST. JOSEPH COUNTY...      
3 W GRANGER 2.3 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
5 SE SOUTH BEND 2.3 800 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
4 ENE MISHAWAKA 2.3 539 PM 12/26 STORM TOTAL
6 SE MISHAWAKA 2 613 PM 12/26  
4 NW SOUTH BEND 1.7 700 PM 12/26 OFFICIAL NWS OBS
       
...STEUBEN COUNTY...      
2 E HAMILTON 3.3 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
PLEASANT LAKE 3 552 PM 12/26  
4 N ANGOLA 2.8 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...WABASH COUNTY...      
NNW WABASH 5 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...WELLS COUNTY...      
BLUFFTON 4 1230 PM 12/26  
OSSIAN 3 100 PM 12/26  
       
...WHITE COUNTY...      
5 W CHALMERS 3 600 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...WHITLEY COUNTY...      
NNE COLUMBIA CITY 5.2 800 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
COLUMBIA CITY 4.5 438 PM 12/26 STORM TOTAL
       
MICHIGAN      
       
...BERRIEN COUNTY...      
NILES 3 858 PM 12/26  
BUCHANAN 2.5 530 PM 12/26  
       
...HILLSDALE COUNTY...      
ENE LITCHFIELD 4.7 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
LITCHFIELD 4.5 947 PM 12/26  
6 ENE JONESVILLE 3 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...ST. JOSEPH COUNTY...      
THREE RIVERS 2 220 PM 12/26  
       
OHIO      
       
...ALLEN COUNTY...      
LIMA 9.5 620 PM 12/26  
LIMA WWTP 7.5 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
3 NE LIMA 7 700 AM 12/27 STORM TOTAL
       
...PAULDING COUNTY...      
PAULDING 3.5 453 PM 12/26 STORM TOTAL

 

Highest Winds During Storm

...LOCATION... ...TIME... ...WIND...
2 W MIDDLE POINT (VAN WERT OH) 314 PM DEC 26 41 MPH
3 NNW CONVOY (VAN WERT OH) (OHDOT) 455 PM DEC 26 41 MPH
3 E EVANSPORT (DEFIANCE OH) (OHDOT) 1000 AM DEC 26 41 MPH
2 SW HALLOCK (WILLIAMS OH) (APRSWXNET) 401 PM DEC 26 40 MPH
1 N BELMORE (HENRY OH) (719 FT)(OHDOT) 910 AM DEC 26 40 MPH
1 S ASSUMPTION (FULTON OH) (OHDOT) 1000 AM DEC 26 40 MPH
FORT WAYNE  INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 854 AM DEC 26 39 MPH
3 SSW MORENCI (FULTON OH) (OHDOT) 1010 AM DEC 26 39 MPH
1 E COLUMBIA (WILLIAMS OH) (OHDOT) 1000 AM DEC 26 38 MPH
1 SSW GRISSOM AFB (MIAMI IN) (AWOS) 958 AM DEC 26 38 MPH
DEFIANCE MEMORIAL AIRPORT (DEFIANCE OH) 353 PM DEC 26 38 MPH
LIMA ALLEN COUNTY AIRPORT (ALLEN OH) 541 PM DEC 26 37 MPH
3 S WALLEN (ALLEN IN) (797 FT)(INDOT) 831 AM DEC 26 37 MPH
3 E SAINT JOHNS (DE KALB IN) (AWOS) 855 AM DEC 26 36 MPH
2 WSW ANTWERP (PAULDING OH) (OHDOT) 915 AM DEC 26 35 MPH
3 SE NEW BAVARIA (HENRY OH) (OHDOT) 310 PM DEC 26 35 MPH
1 W MICHIGAN CITY (LA PORTE IN) 1012 AM DEC 26 35 MPH
4 NNW UNIONDALE (WELLS IN) (APRSWXNET) 805 AM DEC 26 34 MPH
2 SW WAUSEON (FULTON OH) (APRSWXNET) 940 AM DEC 26 34 MPH
3 NW UPLAND (GRANT IN) (890 FT)(INDOT) 227 PM DEC 26 34 MPH
4 SW LIBERTY CENTER (HENRY OH) (OHDOT) 210 PM DEC 26 34 MPH
WEST UNITY (WILLIAMS OH) (808 FT)(AWS) 1009 AM DEC 26 34 MPH
2 NW OAKWOOD (PAULDING OH) (APRSWXNET) 257 PM DEC 26 34 MPH
GOSHEN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (ELKHART IN) 538 AM DEC 26 33 MPH
HILLSDALE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 415 AM DEC 26 33 MPH
1 ENE VAN WERT (VAN WERT OH) 900 AM DEC 26 33 MPH
4 NW HUNTINGTON (HUNTINGTON IN) 838 AM DEC 26 32 MPH
4 SSW HUNTINGTON (HUNTINGTON IN) 816 AM DEC 26 32 MPH
2 W NEY (DEFIANCE OH) (719 FT)(OHDOT) 313 AM DEC 26 32 MPH
3 WSW WATERFORD (LA PORTE IN) (INDOT) 135 PM DEC 26 32 MPH
SOUTH BEND REGIONAL AIRPORT 854 AM DEC 26 31 MPH
3 SSW PIONEER (WILLIAMS OH) (OHDOT) 1050 AM DEC 26 31 MPH
2 WNW BRYAN (WILLIAMS OH) (APRSWXNET) 815 AM DEC 26 31 MPH
1 SE WARREN (HUNTINGTON IN) (APRSWXNET) 320 AM DEC 26 31 MPH
THREE RIVERS MUNICIPAL DR HAINES AIRPOR 1115 AM DEC 26 31 MPH
STURGIS (ST. JOSEPH MI) (924 FT)(AWOS) 914 AM DEC 26 31 MPH
ST JOSEPH (BERRIEN MI) (600 FT)(GLOS) 430 PM DEC 26 31 MPH
LA PORTE (LA PORTE IN) (807 FT)(AWOS) 455 PM DEC 26 30 MPH
COLDWATER (BRANCH MI) (958 FT)(AWOS) 955 AM DEC 26 30 MPH
2 ESE KINGSLAND (WELLS IN) (APRSWXNET) 120 PM DEC 26 30 MPH
2 E TRAIL CREEK (LA PORTE IN) (AWOS) 1155 AM DEC 26 30 MPH
1 NNE AUBURN (DE KALB IN) (APRSWXNET) 904 AM DEC 26 30 MPH
BREMEN (MARSHALL IN) (APRSWXNET) 900 AM DEC 26 30 MPH
FORT SHAWNEE (ALLEN OH) (877 FT)(OHDOT) 503 AM DEC 26 30 MPH
3 NNE FORT JENNINGS (PUTNAM OH) (OHDOT) 955 AM DEC 26 30 MPH

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURES. NOT ALL DATA LISTED IS CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS ITS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PARTNERS FOR PROVIDING US WITH THIS DATA.

 


Page compiled by CEO
12/27/2012


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