Blizzard Summary

The most severe blizzard of the season affected the region this past Sunday, January 26th.  A couple clipper systems moved through the region which made conditions perfect for this event to occur.  The first clipper system brought  2 to 4 inches of fluffy snow to the region Saturday evening, which would easily blow around.  The second clipper system brought a strong cold front, which moved through the region during the late morning and early afternoon hours.  As this strong cold front moved through the region, winds would increase into the 30 to 40 mph range, with gusts to over 50 mph.  The combination of new fluffy snow and strong winds caused blowing snow and ground blizzard conditions across much of the region.  Visibilities were reported to be as low as zero (near whiteout) in open country, and even below a quarter mile at times within the more sheltered urban areas.  Interstate 29 and Interstate 94 closed, as well as many highways across the region. 

Weather Map Summary:

6AM

6am Weather Map

9AM

9am weather map

Noon

Noon weather map

3PM

3pm weather map                       

Selected Pictures from this event:

Pembina, ND  1:00PM

Pembina    

Walhalla, ND  Main Street  1:00PM   

Walhalla

Near Gilby, ND  Early Afternoon

Near Gilby       

Near Gilby, ND  Early Afternoon

Near Gilby

I-29 Near Grand Forks  Early Afternoon                                                                                                                                                                      

 I-29 Grand Forks

        

Highest Reported Wind Gusts:

LOCATION                       SPEED     TIME/DATE

COOPERSTOWN ARPT               60        1155 AM 01/26
GRAFTON AIRPORT                58        0235 PM 01/26
DONALDSON                      57        0330 PM 01/26
FERGUS FALLS AIRPORT           56        0613 PM 01/26
2 W TENNEY                     55        0110 PM 01/26
GWINNER ARPT                   54        0235 PM 01/26
BUXTON-MAYVILLE BRIDGE         54        0132 PM 01/26
VALLEY CITY AIRPORT            53        1255 PM 01/26
CANDO AIRPORT                  53        0115 PM 01/26
5 SE EAST GRAND FORKS          53        0245 PM 01/26
LANGDON AIRPORT                52        0915 AM 01/26
GRAND FORKS INTL ARPT          52        0216 PM 01/26
5 NNW GRAND FORKS              52        0305 PM 01/26
ROTHSAY                        51        0305 PM 01/26
CROOKSTON AIRPORT              51        0355 PM 01/26
HAMPDEN                        51        0158 PM 01/26
SAINT VINCENT                  50        0550 PM 01/26
4 ENE HENDRUM                  50        0250 PM 01/26
DILWORTH                       50        0230 PM 01/26
WAHPETON AIRPORT               49        0235 PM 01/26
ELBOW LAKE AIRPORT             49        0553 PM 01/26
FARGO-HECTOR INTL ARPT         49        0412 PM 01/26
CAVALIER AIRPORT               49        0115 PM 01/26
DEVILS LAKE AIRPORT            49        1115 AM 01/26
MOORHEAD AIRPORT               48        0335 PM 01/26
WADENA AIRPORT                 48        1114 AM 01/26
WALHALLA AIRPORT               47        1155 AM 01/26
DETROIT LAKES AIRPORT          47        0315 PM 01/26
GRAND FORKS AFB                47        0923 AM 01/26
3 ENE GATZKE                   46        0420 PM 01/26
DETROIT LAKES DNR              46        0420 PM 01/26
3 WSW OTTERTAIL                46        0155 PM 01/26
DRESDEN                        46        0950 AM 01/26
HALLOCK AIRPORT                46        1213 PM 01/26
2 WNW VERNDALE                 45        1105 AM 01/26
3 S BROOKS                     45        0729 AM 01/26
BINFORD                        45        0231 PM 01/26
AGASSIZ NWR                    44        0420 PM 01/26
FOSSTON AIRPORT                44        0835 AM 01/26
PARK RAPIDS AIRPORT            43        0351 PM 01/26
SHEYENNE NATL GRASSLANDS       42        1249 PM 01/26
STAPLES AIRPORT                41        1013 AM 01/26
THIEF RIVER FALLS ARPT         40        0455 PM 01/26
1 ENE KARLSTAD                 40        0532 PM 01/26
BAUDETTE AIRPORT               39        0504 PM 01/26
WARROAD AIRPORT                38        0441 PM 01/26
FLAG ISLAND                    38        0613 PM 01/26
BEMIDJI DNR                    38        0306 PM 01/26
BADGER                         37        0327 PM 01/26
ROSEAU AIRPORT                 37        0454 PM 01/26
FORT TOTTEN                    36        1051 AM 01/26
BEMIDJI AIRPORT                35        0810 PM 01/26

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

Lowest Reported Visibilities:

LOCATION                       VISIBILITY (MILES)                                 

...MINNESOTA...

...BECKER...
DETROIT LAKES AIRPORT          0.25                        
                       
...CLAY...
DILWORTH                       0.05                              
MOORHEAD AIRPORT               0.00                              

...GRANT...
ELBOW LAKE AIRPORT             0.00                             
                      
...KITTSON...
SAINT VINCENT                  0.13                              
DONALDSON                      0.08                              
HALLOCK AIRPORT                0.00                              
                      
...MARSHALL...
3 ENE GATZKE                   0.02                              

...NORMAN...
4 ENE HENDRUM                  0.08                              

...OTTER TAIL...
FERGUS FALLS AIRPORT           0.25                              
WADENA AIRPORT                 0.25                              
3 WSW OTTERTAIL                0.00                              

...PENNINGTON...
THIEF RIVER FALLS ARPT         0.25                              

...POLK...
FOSSTON AIRPORT                0.25                              
5 SE EAST GRAND FORKS          0.11                             
CROOKSTON AIRPORT              0.00                              

...RED LAKE...
3 S BROOKS                     0.17                              

...ROSEAU...
WARROAD AIRPORT                0.25                              
ROSEAU AIRPORT                 0.25                              
BADGER                         0.20                              
                        
...WILKIN...
2 W TENNEY                     0.04                              
ROTHSAY                        0.00                              

...NORTH DAKOTA...

...BARNES...
VALLEY CITY AIRPORT            0.25                              

...CASS...
FARGO (RED RIVER BRIDGE)       0.13                              
FARGO-HECTOR INTL ARPT         0.00                              

...CAVALIER...
LANGDON AIRPORT                0.00                              

...GRAND FORKS...
EMERADO                        0.23                              
GRAND FORKS INTL ARPT          0.13                              
GRAND FORKS AFB                0.00                              

...GRIGGS...
COOPERSTOWN ARPT               0.00                              

...PEMBINA...
WALHALLA AIRPORT               0.25                              
CAVALIER AIRPORT               0.00                              

...RAMSEY...
DEVILS LAKE AIRPORT            0.00                              

...RICHLAND...
WAHPETON AIRPORT               0.00                              
5 W WAHPETON                   0.00                              

...SARGENT...
GWINNER ARPT                   0.25                             

...TOWNER...
CANDO AIRPORT                  0.25                              

...WALSH...
GRAFTON AIRPORT                0.00                              

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.


Return to Latest News

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.