Recap of March 5-6th, 2013 Winter Storm

A strong low pressure system developed across the northern Plains and intensified as it moved across the Ohio Valley and middle Mississippi Valley on March 5th, 2013. Heavy snow developed across the region and impacted the local area beginning during the afternoon of March 5th and continued overnight into the early morning hours of March 6th. With 9.0 inches of snow from midnight to midnight on March 5th, Fort Wayne set a new record daily maximum snowfall. This broke the old record of 2.2 inches set in 2005.

Surface Analysis March 5, 2013 18Z (1 pm EST) Surface Analysis March 5, 2013 21Z (3 pm EST)
Surface Analysis March 6, 2013 00Z (7 pm EST 3/5) Surface Analysis March 6, 2013 03Z (11 pm EST 3/5)

 

The map below shows regional snowfall totals for the 24-hour period ending at approximately 7am March 6th.

 

The map and table below show snowfall totals across the local area. The swath of heaviest snow was located from southern Berrien county in Michigan and northern La Porte county in Indiana, southeastward into Allen county in Indiana.

 

Location Value
2 N NORTH WEBSTER (NWS OFFICE) 11.9
LEESBURG 6.7 ESE 11.3
PLYMOUTH 11.3
COLUMBIA CITY 11.1
2 N NORTH WEBSTER 11.0
ARCOLA 11.0
LARWILL 11.0
NEW HAVEN 11.0
SAINT JOSEPH 10.8
FORT WAYNE 10.5
FORT WAYNE 7.0 NE 10.5
NE FORT WAYNE 10.5
FORT WAYNE 10.3
(N9ROM)TRAIL CREEK 4.5 ESE 10.0
(WA9RON)LA PORTE 1.3 SSW 10.0
2 N NORTH WEBSTER 10.0
FORT WAYNE 7.1 WSW 10.0
KNOX 10.0
LEO 2.2 NW 10.0
NEW BUFFALO 10.0
STEVENSVILLE 10.0
W FORT WAYNE 10.0
WARSAW 10.0
5 SSW OSCEOLA 9.8
FORT WAYNE ASOS 9.8
MISHAWAKA 5.9 SE 9.8
COLUMBIA CITY 6.6 SSE 9.6
COLUMBIA CITY 9.5
HUNTINGTON 9.5
SAWYER 9.5
2 SW LA PORTE 9.3
LA PORTE 1.6 SW 9.3
3 S LEESBURG 9.2
2 SW NORTH WEBSTER 9.0
5 E DECATUR 9.0
AKRON 9.0
COLUMBIA CITY 9.0
COLUMBIA CITY 0.5 NNE 9.0
FORT WAYNE 9.0
FORT WAYNE 2.6 NE 9.0
KNOX 9.0
OSSIAN 8.8
ELKHART 4.8 SW 8.7
JIMTOWN 8.7
PLYMOUTH 2.5 WSW 8.6
(KA9WNQ)LA PORTE 1.7 SW 8.5
(KB9GPW)NORTH JUDSON 3.9 SW 8.5
5 N LA PORTE 8.5
KNOX 8.5
NORTH JUDSON 4 W 8.5
RIDGEVILLE 1 N 8.5
WAKARUSA 0.3 WSW 8.5
COLUMBIA CITY 8.4 N 8.3
WAKARUSA 2.4 NNE 8.3
2 SW LA PORTE 8.2
FORT WAYNE 4.0 SE 8.2
NILES 2.7 W 8.2
STEVENSVILLE 1.7 SSE 8.2
DOWAGIAC 5.3 NNW 8.1
(W9AL)NORTH JUDSON 5.7 ESE 8.0
2 SW CROMWELL 8.0
5 N FORT WAYNE 8.0
ANTWERP 8.0
BUCHANAN 1.3 WNW 8.0
GRANGER 8.0
GRANGER 8.0
LA PORTE 8.0
MISHAWAKA 8.0
MISHAWAKA 3.9 ENE 8.0
NEW BUFFALO 0.4 WNW 8.0
NORTH JUDSON 5.7 ESE 8.0
WANATAH 2 WNW 8.0
WOODBURN 2.8 WSW 8.0
GOSHEN 1.9 NW 7.8
S PLYMOUTH 7.8
SOUTH BEND 7.8
SOUTH BEND ASOS 7.8
SOUTH BEND 7.7
1 NNW WARSAW 7.6
GRANGER 2.9 W 7.6
(KA9VIS) HARTFORD CITY 0.7 N 7.5
(KC9KLI) ALBANY 2.8 S 7.5
1 WSW BENTON HEIGHTS 7.5
5 N FORT WAYNE 7.5
5 N LA PORTE 7.5
CONVOY 7.5
LOGANSPORT 2.2 NNW 7.5
MONROEVILLE 7.5
WARSAW 1.1 NNW 7.5
FRANCESVILLE 2 SW 7.4
GRANGER 1.6 N 7.4
WALKERTON 5.7 ENE 7.4
6 ESE NORTH JUDSON 7.3
COLUMBIA CITY 5.4 N 7.3
SOUTH BEND 4.6 SE 7.3
(KC9LQY) PORTLAND 5.4 SW 7.1
2 NW ROCHESTER 7.1
5 N FORT WAYNE 7.1
HUNTINGTON 0.3 W 7.1
ROCHESTER 2.4 NW 7.1
(AA9SH)LAGRO 5.2 NW 7.0
(KB9ZZG) ALBANY 2.9 E 7.0
(N9FPC) FAIRMOUNT 0.5 NE 7.0
2 SE HUNTERTOWN 7.0
2 WSW PERU 7.0
5 NE WARSAW 7.0
AUBURN 7.0
BERNE 0.8 WSW 7.0
BLUFFTON 7.0
BLUFFTON 0.9 SE 7.0
HARTFORD CITY 7.0
HARTFORD CITY 0.2 NNW (WB9HLA) 7.0
HARTFORD CITY 4 ESE 7.0
KINGSBURY 0.3 WNW 7.0
NORTH JUDSON 7.0
ROCHESTER 7.0
S SIDNEY 7.0
TWELVE MILE 7.0
URBANA 0.3 ENE 7.0
BLUFFTON 1 N 6.8
CLAYPOOL 1.2 E 6.8
SAINT JOSEPH 6.8
5 N FORT WAYNE 6.7
(N9ZMY)LOGANSPORT 0.9 E 6.5
1 SW ROCHESTER 6.5
AUBURN 6.5
LIMA 6.5
PERU 6.5
SYRACUSE 3.0 ESE 6.5
(KC9CGY) HARTFORD CITY 0.5 SSE 6.3
1 SW MILLERSBURG 6.3
2 N NORTH WEBSTER 6.3
MILLERSBURG 0.5 SW 6.3
5 N MARION 6.1
(KC9IYD)KOKOMO 4.0 WNW 6.0
(WA9QGL)ANDREWS 3.2 ESE 6.0
(WA9TTB)GALVESTON 1.0 ESE 6.0
2 E GEORGETOWN 6.0
2 SE GEORGETOWN 6.0
5 N FORT WAYNE 6.0
5 SSW OSCEOLA 6.0
AKRON 6.0
BLUFFTON 3.0 ENE 6.0
COLUMBIA CITY 6.0
CONSTANTINE 6.0
DENVER 1.3 NE 6.0
E ELKHART 6.0
FORT WAYNE 6.0
GROVERTOWN 6.0
KINGSBURY 1 N 6.0
LOGANSPORT 1.7 ENE 6.0
NEW CARLISLE 6.0
UPLAND 2.4 SSE 6.0
WABASH 1.5 SW 6.0
WARREN 6.0
2 W GRANGER 5.9
REMINGTON 0.3 N 5.8
WOODBURN 3 N 5.8
(KB9CRA)GAS CITY 0.3 N 5.7
3 NE FORT WAYNE 5.7
PAULDING 5.6
(K9EQT)LOGANSPORT 3.9 NNW 5.5
(KB9TUZ) EATON 1.9 W 5.5
(N9WCJ) EATON 1.8 ESE 5.5
CHURUBUSCO 5.5
E ELKHART 5.5
GAS CITY 0.9 SW 5.5
BLUFFTON 5.4
AKRON 5.3
MARION 5.6 NE 5.2
(KA9FDN) MATTHEWS 0.4 WNW 5.0
2 NW ROCHESTER 5.0
5 N FORT WAYNE 5.0
LIMA 2.7 NE 5.0
MARION 2 N 5.0
TWELVE MILE 5.0
5 N MARION 4.8
KENDALLVILLE 4.5 NW 4.5
KOKOMO 7.2 WNW 4.5
LAGRANGE 7.2 ESE 4.5
PERU 4.5
BUTLER 0.5 NNE 4.2
AUBURN 0.8 NE 4.0
HUDSON 4.6 N 4.0
ANGOLA 3.8
BLUFFTON 4.1 N 3.8
LAGRANGE 9.9 E 3.8
HUDSON 4.1 NNW 3.7
PAULDING 3.3
CONSTANTINE 1.9 E 3.0
HICKSVILLE 3.0
HAMILTON 1.7 E 2.8
ANGOLA 4.1 N 2.5
ANGOLA 8.7 ESE 2.5
ANGOLA 1.2 S 2.0

Data sources: CoCoRaHS, Cooperative Observers, Emergency Management, Spotters and ASOS


 Here's a look at some historical snowfall statistics for Fort Wayne and South Bend.


Greatest 2 Day Snowfall Totals

Fort Wayne Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Total Snowfall inches
Days: 10/1 - 5/31
Length of period: 2 days
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    14.3    3/11/1964
  2    14.0   12/20/1973
  3    13.6    3/10/1964
  4    12.5    3/17/1973
  5    11.1    1/31/1982
  6    10.8    2/ 1/1982, 12/19/1973
  8    10.1    1/26/1978, 12/ 9/1914
 10     9.6    3/ 5/2013
 11     9.5    3/18/1973


 FWA 2 Day total 10.4 inches 3/5-3/6
 
 
South Bend Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Total Snowfall inches
Days: 10/1 - 5/31
Length of period: 2 days
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    36.6    1/ 8/2011
  2    26.1    1/ 9/2011
  3    21.2    1/26/1978
  4    20.5   11/26/1977
  5    20.0    4/ 5/1920
  6    19.3    1/ 9/1978
  7    18.8    2/15/1991
  8    18.4    2/23/1993,  1/27/1978
 10    18.3    1/ 2/1999
 
 SBN 2 Day total 7.8 inches 3/5-3/6
 
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Greatest 1 Day Snowfall Totals

Fort Wayne Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Daily Snowfall inches
Days: 10/1 - 5/31
Length of period: 1 day
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    12.6    3/10/1964
  2    10.8    1/31/1982, 12/19/1973
  4     9.5    3/17/1973
  5     9.0    3/ 5/2013
  6     8.8    3/11/2000
  7     8.3   12/ 8/2005
  8     8.2    1/19/1987
  9     8.1   12/23/2004
 10     7.7    2/ 6/1952
  
  FWA 1 Day total 9.0 inches 3/5
 
 
South Bend Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Daily Snowfall inches
Days: 10/1 - 5/31
Length of period: 1 day
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    26.0    1/ 8/2011
  2    15.6    1/26/1978
  3    15.4    1/ 2/1999
  4    15.0    1/16/1959
  5    14.6   11/25/1977
  6    13.5    1/13/1979
  7    12.8    1/26/1967
  8    12.2    3/ 9/1998
  9    12.0    1/ 1/1929,  4/ 5/1920
 11    11.5    2/15/1991
 12    11.4    1/ 9/1978
 13    10.9   12/19/1973
 14    10.6    1/ 7/2011
 
 SBN 1 Day total 7.7 inches 3/5
 
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Greatest 2 Day Totals in March
 
 Fort Wayne Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Total Snowfall inches
Days: 3/1 - 3/31
Length of period: 2 days
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    14.3    3/11/1964
  2    13.6    3/10/1964
  3    12.5    3/17/1973
  4    10.4    3/ 6/2013
  5     9.5    3/18/1973
  6     8.8    3/12/2000,  3/11/2000
  9     7.6    3/12/1950
 10     7.1    3/ 9/1999
 
 FWA 2 Day total 10.4 inches 3/5-3/6
 
 South Bend Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Total Snowfall inches
Days: 3/1 - 3/31
Length of period: 2 days
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    16.2    3/ 5/1960
  2    12.2    3/10/1998 (1),  3/ 9/1998
  4    12.0    3/27/1934,  3/26/1930
  6    11.0    3/ 4/1960
  7    10.0    3/ 8/1931
  8     9.6    3/21/1983,  3/ 3/1975
 10     9.1    3/ 6/1960
 11     9.0    3/22/1932,  3/27/1930
 13     8.6    3/15/1988,  3/14/1988
 15     8.1    3/ 6/1999
 16     8.0    3/27/1913
 17     7.9    3/ 2/1975,  3/26/1970
 19     7.8    3/ 6/2013
 21     7.3    3/11/1992
 
 SBN 2 Day total 7.8 inches 3/5-3/6
 
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Greatest 1 Day totals in March

Fort Wayne Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Daily Snowfall inches
Days: 3/1 - 3/31
Length of period: 1 day
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    12.6    3/10/1964
  2     9.5    3/17/1973
  3     9.0    3/ 5/2013
  4     8.8    3/11/2000
  5     5.8    3/12/1950
  6     5.6    3/ 8/1984,  3/11/1948
 
 FWA 1 Day total 9.0 inches 3/5
 
South Bend Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Extremes
Highest Daily Snowfall inches
Days: 3/1 - 3/31
Length of period: 1 day
Years: 1912-2013

Rank  Value  Ending Date
  1    12.2    3/ 9/1998
  2     9.0    3/ 5/1960
  3     8.0    3/26/1930
  4     7.7    3/ 5/2013
  5     7.2    3/ 4/1960
  6     7.1    3/ 2/1975
  7     7.0    3/26/1934
  8     6.9    3/14/1988
  9     6.0    3/18/1931,  3/ 7/1931,  3/30/1928,  3/26/1913
 
 SBN 1 Day total 7.7 inches 3/5


Updated 3/6/2013 10 pm
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