February 26th Winter Storm Summary

A passing storm system brought a plethora of weather types to the area on Thursday, February 26th.  An area of low pressure developed over the central plains Wednesday night, then by midnight on Thursday, it had quickly pushed northeast over Lower Michigan.  Anything from heavy snow, to a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain, to all rain was observed.  Also, thunderstorms (some even with severe hail) occurred across portions of northeast Iowa into southwest Wisconsin. 

As greater amounts of warm air mixed into the storm system over the local area than had been originally anticipated, lesser snow values were observed, as the precipitation fell primarily as rain and sleet in many locations.  There were places that did receive heavy snow accumulations, however this was north of the area amounts were observed in association with this storm system, however they were north of the area, across central Minnesota and into northern Wisconsin, where 5 to 7 inches of snow was common.

Snowfall Totals

Sleet and Snow Reports

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

 

0130 PM     SLEET            ST. ANSGAR              43.38N 92.92W
02/26/2009 E0.60 INCH MITCHELL IA PUBLIC
0207 PM     SLEET            1 WSW OELWEIN           42.67N 91.93W
02/26/2009 E0.50 INCH FAYETTE IA TRAINED SPOTTER

SLEET AND ICE COVERING THE ROADS BETWEEN FAIRBANK AND
OELWEIN.
0223 PM     SLEET            1 NW ROCHESTER          44.02N 92.49W
02/26/2009 E2.50 INCH OLMSTED MN EMERGENCY MNGR

2.5 INCHES OF SLEET AND SNOW
0300 PM     SLEET            2 NW HOLMEN             43.98N 91.29W
02/26/2009 M0.50 INCH LA CROSSE WI NWS EMPLOYEE

NWS EMPLOYEE MEASURED 2.1 INCHES OF SNOW.
0300 PM     SNOW             5 S WABASHA             44.37N 92.05W
02/26/2009 E3.5 INCH WABASHA MN PUBLIC

SLEET FELL FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES
0341 PM     SLEET            LYNDON STATION          43.71N 89.89W
02/26/2009 E0.50 INCH JUNEAU WI PUBLIC

MIXED WITH SNOW AND ROADS SLUSHY
0347 PM     SNOW             5 N ST. CHARLES         44.04N 92.06W
02/26/2009 E1.6 INCH WINONA MN PUBLIC

MIXED WITH SLEET AND THUNDER AT TIMES.
0411 PM     SLEET            DORCHESTER              43.47N 91.52W
02/26/2009 E0.50 INCH ALLAMAKEE IA PUBLIC

MIXED WITH SNOW
0411 PM     SNOW             2 S HOLMEN              43.93N 91.26W
02/26/2009 E1.2 INCH LA CROSSE WI PUBLIC

MIXED WITH SLEET
0420 PM     SLEET            OSSIAN                  43.15N 91.76W
02/26/2009 E0.50 INCH WINNESHIEK IA PUBLIC
0600 PM     SLEET            WINONA                  44.05N 91.66W
02/26/2009 E0.50 INCH WINONA MN PUBLIC
 

Hail Reports

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

1141 AM SLEET AUSTIN 43.67N 92.97W
02/26/2009 E0.15 INCH MOWER MN BROADCAST MEDIA
1245 PM     SLEET            1 S WESTBY              43.64N 90.86W
02/26/2009 E0.25 INCH VERNON WI PUBLIC
0100 PM     HAIL             EDGEWOOD                42.65N 91.40W
02/26/2009 M0.88 INCH CLAYTON IA TRAINED SPOTTER
0113 PM     HAIL             2 SE PRAIRIE DU CHIEN   43.02N 91.11W
02/26/2009 E0.50 INCH CRAWFORD WI PUBLIC

HAIL COVERING THE GROUND. UP TO DIME SIZED IN DIAMETER.


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