WINTER STORM UPDATE at this time Fairrington has not experienced any carrier delays due to this storm


2014/11/11 Winter has hit and in some areas it has hit hard! The storms left many of us trudging through snow and ice on our morning commute.

At this time though, Fairrington has NOT experienced any carrier delays.

We all know things can change quickly though. Having a handle on the weather patterns help all of us anticipate changes. Below are excerpts from that highlight the extent of our first major storm.

Latest Snow Reports/Totals

Some of the highest totals from Winter Storm Astro came from Stearns County, Minnesota, which includes St. Cloud. The town of St. Augusta reported 16.5 inches of snow Monday afternoon. The official total in St. Cloud was 13.2 inches, breaking the all-time November calendar-day record of 12.0 inches set Nov. 21, 1898.

It was also St. Cloud’s fifth heaviest calendar-day snow on record (dating to 1893) and was their snowiest calendar day in over 49 years, since a 14.5 inches of snow blanketed the city on Mar. 1, 1965. Average November snowfall in St. Cloud is 8.4 inches.

Elsewhere, Winter Storm Astro dumped the season’s first snow in Bismarck, North Dakota Sunday, with 3.2 inches measured at the National Weather Service office. This first snow in North Dakota’s capital city arrived about two weeks later than average. Up to 8 inches accumulated in southwest North Dakota by the time the snow ended.

No travel was advised in Bowman, Dunn, McKenzie and Mercer Counties in western North Dakota Sunday. Snow-covered roads were reported as far east as northwest Wisconsin Monday morning, including the Twin Cities metro area Monday morning. making for a messy commute.

Up to 12 inches of snow blanketed parts of southern and eastern Montana, including Red Lodge (12 inches), Glasgow (6 inches) and Glendive (4 inches). Drifts up to 2 feet around buildings were observed near Brusett, in northeast Montana.

Webster, South Dakota, chalked up 8 inches of snow and patchy freezing drizzle had deposited a thin layer of ice on roads in parts of northern South Dakota. Conditions were bad enough to force the Rapid City Regional Airport to close at one point Monday afternoon due to falling and blowing snow along with temperatures in the mid teens.

Parts of western and central Minnesota had measured over a foot of snow. The Minnesota Department of Transportation advised against travel in parts of western Minnesota, including Willmar and Montevideo, Monday afternoon.

Heavy snow spread into Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Monday and Monday night. A few spots have reported a foot of snow or more.

Here are the top totals reported by state as of 6 a.m. CST Tuesday:

– Montana: 14.0 inches at Big Mountain Summit, Whitefish Ski Resort (elevation 6,737 feet), in northwest Montana.

– Wyoming: 11.3 inches near Lander.

– Colorado: 6.0 inches near Phippsburg in northwest Colorado.

– North Dakota: 8 inches near Bowman in southwest North Dakota.

– South Dakota: 8.5 inches on the north side of Rapid City.

– Minnesota: 16.5 inches at St. Augusta in central Minnesota and at Cambridge in the Twin Cities metro.

– Wisconsin: 14.0 inches at Spooner and Glidden in northwest Wisconsin.

– Michigan: 14.6 inches at Negaunee (National Weather Service-Marquette office).

Now, let’s break down the latest forecast details.

Map 1

Tuesday Afternoon Areas of forecast snow are shown in blue. Areas in pink denote a zone of rain or snow.

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Tuesday Afternoon


– Tuesday: Heavy snow will continue, mainly in the central and western Upper Peninsula of Michigan and far northern Wisconsin. Expect rain over Lower Michigan and a wintry mix or rain over the far eastern U.P.

Light snow will continue in western Wisconsin and far eastern Minnesota while rain will change over to snow farther south into central and parts of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, with some light accumulations possible. Snow will taper off in eastern Minnesota and northeast Iowa in the morning.

– Tuesday night into Wednesday: Bands of heavy lake-effect snow will kick in over the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan snowbelts by Tuesday evening, continuing into Wednesday, as the low-pressure center anchoring this system moves northeast into Ontario, taking much of the widespread rain and snow with it.

How Much More Snow?

The map at right illustrate the current snowfall accumulation forecast. (Note these maps indicate additional accumulations going forward, on top of what has already fallen.)

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Snow Forecast (Midwest)

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Snow Forecast (Midwest)

The heaviest additional accumulations going forward will be over northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As northeasterly to northerly winds develop off Lake Superior, lake enhancement will boost snow totals.

Through Tuesday, additional snowfall will exceed a foot in parts of Upper Michigan, with localized totals of over 20 inches probable. Additional accumulations from the lake-effect snow Tuesday night through Thursday may boost four-day snowfall totals past the two-foot mark in a few locales.

Farther west, over Minnesota and Wisconsin, a few places may end up with over 18 inches of snow including the foot or more that’s already fallen northwest and north of the Twin Cities.