It's been a snowy last 24 hours in Minnesota as a winter storm dumped significant snowfall all around the state, with the Twin Cities and parts of southern Minnesota getting a big chunk on Thursday after northern parts of the state were hammered on Wednesday.
Over the last 24 hours, these are the snowfall leaders from across the state. You can check out your local snow totals right here.
- 12.4 inches – Holyoke (southeast of Duluth)
- 12 inches – Ponemah (Lower Red Lake), Hines
- 11.3 inches – Mahtowa
- 10.8 inches – Moose Lake
- 10 inches – Grand Rapids
- 9.5 inches – Brainerd
- 9.3 inches – Cloquet
- 9 inches – Clearwater, Motley
- 8.9 inches – Duluth
- 8.5 inches – Chanhassen, Buffalo, South Haven (south of St. Cloud), St. Bonifacius
- 7.5 inches – Hutchinson, Buffalo, Sartell, Lakeville
- 7 inches – Burnsville,
- 6.9 inches – Falcon Heights
- 6.2 – Mounds View, Eagan
- 6 inches - Maple Grove, Shakopee, White Bear Lake, Foley, Stewart, Maple Plain
- 5.9 inches - Hugo
- 5.7 inches – MSP Airport
- 5.3 inches – Oronoco (North of Rochester)
Some reports should be updated as the night goes on, and you can use the link above to find updated totals.
Basically, the entire metro picked up 4-7 inches with even higher amounts just to the west, and many of those locations weren't anticipating that much snow.
So what happened?
According to the National Weather Service, the computer models didn't see a heavy band of snow developing where it did.
"This was a similar situation that happened on Tuesday where a band of 6 to 10 inches of snow fell along this enhanced area of reflectivity. This type of banding usually doesn`t show up well in models until it is almost occurring," says the afternoon forecast discussion from the NWS Twin Cities.
Now we're in for bitter cold with wind chills dipping to -30F in the metro by early Friday morning.
The next legit shot of accumulating snow could Monday night into Tuesday next week with what the NWS says could be similar to what we had today. Time will tell and we'll update you once forecasts become more established.