November 12, 2000 Heavy Snow

A powerful winter storm dumped up to 16 inches of snow on part of central South Dakota. The 16 inches fell one mile south of Winner, SD.  The storm started early Saturday and last until midday Sunday.

11-12-00 Snowfall Map

Synoptic Storm Summary

An upper level storm system developed over the southwest United States early Friday and moved into the central plains on Saturday. Surface low pressure moved from the southern plains to central Kansas by Saturday evening and then it moved into central Iowa by midday Sunday. The heaviest snow fell over south central South Dakota on Saturday with up to an inch an hour at times. Northwest winds picked up behind the front gusting to 30 MPH at times. This caused extensive blowing and drifting with 3 to 6 foot drifts reported.

Detailed Snowfall Reports

1S WINNER          16 INCHES
WINNER 12 INCHES
COLOME 12 INCHES
ROSEBUD 12 INCHES
12NE MILESVILLE 10 INCHES
11S CEDAR BUTTE 10 INCHES
WOOD 10 INCHES
3NE MANDERSON 9.6 INCHES
3W IDEAL 9 INCHES
2E MILLBORO 9 INCHES
13SE HAMILL 8 INCHES WITH 3 FT DRIFTS
2SW PARMELEE 8 INCHES
4S WHITE RIVER 8 INCHES
RED OWL 8 INCHES
18 NW PHILIP 8 INCHES
4NW BELVIDERE 8 INCHES
20S INTERIOR 8 INCHES WITH 6 FT DRIFTS
13N MARTIN 7 INCHES
5NW CLEARFIELD 7 INCHES
MARTIN 6 INCHES
3SW ALLEN 6 INCHES
HARRINGTON 6 INCHES
5N KYLE 6 INCHES
8NW CHERRY CREEK 6 INCHES
16NW PHILIP 6 INCHES
10SE PHILIP 6 INCHES
OKREEK 6 INCHES
20SE MISSION 6 INCHES
6N KIRLEY 6 INCHES
2SW KIRLEY 6 INCHES
15SE KADOKA 6 INCHES
7SW WANBLEE 6 INCHES
10N KADOKA 6 INCHES
2SW SWETT 5 INCHES
VETAL 5 INCHES
BELVIDERE 5 INCHES
7N BELVEDERE 5 INCHES
11N PORCUPINE 5 INCHES
13W PHILIP 5 INCHES
11NW PHILIP 5 INCHES
7SW BATESLAND 4 INCHES
FAITH 4 INCHES
2E BRIDGER 4 INCHES
15SSE DUPREE 4 INCHES
12NE LONG VALLEY 4 INCHES
7SE POTATO CREEK 4 INCHES
13NW CHERRY CREEK 3.5 INCHES
8NE INTERIOR 3 INCHES
10NE CREIGHTON 3 INCHES
5NE MILESVILLE 3 INCHES
CACTUS FLAT 2.5 INCHES
WASTA 2 INCHES
3ESE ELM SPRINGS 2 INCHES
ELM SPRINGS 2 INCHES
10SW REDELM 2 INCHES
1S OGLALA 1.7 INCHES
WHITE OWL 0.5 INCHES

Satellite Picture

Below is a visible satellite picture taken around 18Z on Sunday, November 13th, 2000.  It shows low pressure over north central Iowa and south central Minnesota as it pulls away from the Dakotas.  Above the faint red line below are clouds. Between the faint red line and faint yellow line is snow that the storm dumped Saturday and Sunday. This is a lot of snow cover over the central United States for the middle of November.

11-12-00 18Z Visible Satellite Image

Sequence of Events

  • Tuesday, November 7th, 2000 at 3:30 PM
    First Winter Storm Outlook issued painting the potential for hazardous winter weather over the weekend.
  • Friday, November 10th, 2000 at 3:30 PM
    Winter Weather Advisories issued for 3 to 7 inches of snow.
  • Saturday, November 11th, 2000 at 4:30 AM
    Winter Storm Warnings issued for a whole lot of snow.
  • Sunday, November 12th, 2000 at 3:14 PM
    All winter weather headlines expire as storm moves away.

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