The storm has been pretty much a dud so far here in northern Wisco. Minneapollis, however, sees to have been nailed big time. As of mid-afternoon, here's where the snowfall stood, according to the weather service:
20.00 OAKDALE MN WASHINGTON 0247 PM
15.20 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0230 PM
14.90 4 SSW MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0220 PM
14.60 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0300 PM MEASURED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. STORM TOTAL.
13.50 2 N MENOMONIE WI DUNN 0155 PM
13.00 SHAKOPEE MN SCOTT 1231 PM
12.90 1 SW ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0214 PM
12.80 BLOOMINGTON MN HENNEPIN 0100 PM
12.00 NEW BRIGHTON MN RAMSEY 0243 PM
11.70 ST LOUIS PARK MN HENNEPIN 0249 PM
11.50 HASTINGS MN DAKOTA 0138 PM
11.50 JIM FALLS WI CHIPPEWA 0119 PM
11.50 1 SSW DELANO MN WRIGHT 0114 PM
11.50 WYOMING MN CHISAGO 1238 PM
11.40 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 1221 PM STORM TOTAL MEASURED AT THE NWS OFFICE IN CHANHASSEN.
(The total amounts are listed in inches just before the city is named, ed.)
We've had maybe 3 or 4 inches so far today. Maybe it will snow all night & we'll have some substantial snow in the a.m. Then I'll need to convince myself to get all dressed up, hop on the garden tractor (it has the snow blower attachment, well, attached) & blow some snow. OK, so it appears the storm isn't as much of a dud 17 miles north --
Civil Emergency Message
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
ASHLAND COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
251 PM CST SAT DEC 11 2010
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
ASHLAND COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT.
US HIGHWAY 2 IS DECLARED IMPASSABLE AND CLOSED BETWEEN SANBORN AVENUE AND STATE HIGHWAY 13 NORTH DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER
CONDITIONS. MOTORISTS ARE TO USE THE DESIGNATED STATE HIGHWAY 137 DETOUR.
THE CLOSURE WILL REMAIN IN AFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
I'm going to make a relatively safe assumption that the wind off the big lake has made it impossible to see anything in that stretch of U.S. 2. NOAH is reporting 8 inches of snow in Ashland, the city. The wind up there can get nasty. We are beginning to see a little wind, most gusts. So far I can still see across the yard to the tree line. updates later, maybe, it all depends on how I feel or, more precisely, how the weather gods feel.