A very strong low pressure system lifted north over the central plains from Texas over the Christmas holiday from Thursday, December 24th through Saturday, the 26th. The storm brought a surge of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico which helped to produce the high snowfall totals that were seen across the Northland. Most locations in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin saw upwards of 8-10 inches. The greatest snowfall of around 2 feet was recorded in the Duluth, Esko, Proctor, Hermantown and Brimson area. The storm also packed a punch with wind gusts of 55 mph recorded near downtown Duluth, and 53 mph at the Duluth airport.
New daily snowfall records were set at Duluth on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with International Falls setting a snowfall record on Christmas Day. The 24 hour snowfall amounts for Christmas Day were 5.2 inches at International Falls and 12.4 inches at Duluth. This is also the 5th biggest 3-day snowstorm for Duluth, coming in with a total of 24.5 inches, recorded from December 24th through the 26th. However, this amount was nowhere near the 36.1 inches of snow that fell during the famed Halloween storm of 1991.