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    The 2020 Blizzard Before Christmas in Minnesota

    Wednesday’s blizzard brought over nine inches of snow in parts of Minnesota with wind gusts of up to 68 MPH. This storm not only brought a nice blanket of snow but some records and rare occurrences as well. The Blizzard Warnings that were issued by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen for the Twin Cities metro was a rare occurrence. A blizzard occurs when visibility is less than 1/4 of a mile for three or more hours due to falling or blowing snow. The last time a blizzard warning was issued for areas, including the Twin Cities area, was back on April 14th, 2018.

    RECORD BROKEN: Yesterday’s snowfall at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport was 8.8″ of snow. This beat the previous record of 6.2″ set back in 1996.
    TOP SNOWFALL TOTALS: While some areas got less than a few inches of snow, there were quite a few spots near the metro that had over 9″ of snow. The list below shows the latest snowfall reports received by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen from Wednesday as of early Thursday afternoon.

    Snowfall totals from Wednesday's blizzard

    PEAK WIND GUSTS: The snow wasn’t the only issue from Wednesday’s storm. Very gusty winds created dangerous road conditions in some areas, with portions of southwestern Minnesota closing roads due to the blowing snow and low visibility. Areas such as Redwood, Brooklyn Center, and Crystal had peak wind gusts yesterday of over 65 MPH. The list below shows the latest peak wind gusts reports received by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen from Wednesday as of early Thursday afternoon.

    Peak wind gusts from Wednesday's blizzard

    COLD TEMPS: The strong winds that we received on Wednesday continued into Thursday, which prompted a Wind Chill Advisory from the National Weather Service for most of the state from early Thursday morning through noon. Some parts of Minnesota had wind chill values that got into the 30s below zero. The list below shows the latest lowest wind chills reports received by the National Weather Service in Chanhassen from Wednesday and Thursday as of early Thursday afternoon.

    Lowest recorded wind chills from Wednesday's Blizzard


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