Summary of Christmas Winter Storm

Christmas Storm Summary
2009 December 24th-26th 

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.

         Snowfall Map. Click for Larger Image.

Listing of Snowfall Reports from Around the Region

More Storm Details
Wx Station Plot   Radar Imagery Satelitte Imagery Surface Maps Upper Air
 6 pm Dec 23rd   8 pm Dec 23rd 8 am Dec 23rd 6 pm Dec 23rd 850mb 6 am Dec 24th
12 am Dec 24th    9 pm Dec 24th  4 pm Dec 23rd  6 am Dec 24th  850mb 6 pm Dec 24th
6 am Dec 24th   10 pm Dec 24th  3 pm Dec 24th  Noon Dec 24th 850mb 6 am Dec 25th
9 am Dec 24th   12 am Dec 25th  6 pm Dec 24th  3 pm Dec 24th  700mb 6 am Dec 25th
Noon Dec 24th    12 am Dec 26th 10 pm Dec 24th
 9 pm Dec 24th 850mb 6 pm Dec 25th
3 pm Dec 24th       6 am Dec 25th  6 am Dec 25th 850mb 6 am Dec 26th
6 pm Dec 24th        6 am Dec 26th Noon Dec 25th 700mb 6 am Dec 26th
9 pm Dec 24th       10 pm Dec 26th 6 pm Dec 25th
6 am Dec 25th       12 am Dec 26th
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Storm Summary from La Crosse, WI NWS Office
Storm Summary from Sioux Falls, SD  NWS Office
Storm Summary from Grand Forks, ND NWS Office

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