Blizzard fizzled, at least in Douglas County
Still, the blowing snow and wind chills of 17-below made for hazardous conditions in open areas of the county and throughout the region.
DOUGLAS COUNTY — It was a blizzard that kind of fizzled — at least in Douglas County.
The forecast from the National Weather Service called for snow accumulations in Douglas County of 12 to 18 inches from Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Thursday, Feb. 23.
The actual amount turned out to be around 4 to 7 inches.
Still, the blowing snow and wind chills of 17-below made for hazardous conditions in open areas of the county and throughout the region. Grant, Pope and Todd counties all issued no travel advisories on Thursday.
Steady, strong winds and the powdery snow also created big drifts in driveways and yards. Drifts of two and a half feet piled up in northwest Alexandria.
Douglas County was under a blizzard warning that expired at noon last Thursday.
The Twin Cities area was hit the hardest, with amounts that were around a foot for most locations, according to the National Weather Service. The “winner” for the most snow was Apple Valley that reported 19 inches of snow over a 48-hour period, as of Thursday morning.
Senior climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld with the Minnesota State Climate Office reported in his newsletter that the blizzard hitting the state was “underperforming expectations” in terms of snowfall.
“While still being a severe snowstorm, the conditions for forming snowflakes were less ideal than anticipated, downgrading the expected total by half a foot or more,” according to Blumenfeld.
The Echo Press reached out to readers on our Facebook page to submit their storm photos to us. Some of those photos as well as staff photos are sprinkled throughout this page.