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Here is a look at the graphic we showed Monday night on 13News at 5, 6, and 10 compared to the actual observed snowfall amounts from the National Weather Service Forecast Office. The highest amounts observed were in a line from Stockton (13″) to Freeport (13″) to Monroe (14″) to Beloit (13″) Madison where local totals exceeded 17 inches! I will create a more detailed map with local numbers on it shortly. -ES

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(3:02:53 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 4 S Monroe [Green Co, WI] broadcast media reports HEAVY SNOW of M14.0 INCH at 02:30 PM CST —
(3:02:53 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Albany [Green Co, WI] broadcast media reports HEAVY SNOW of E18.0 INCH at 02:30 PM CST — roads in towns of monroe and albany are okay…but rural north-south roads are only driveable with four wheel drive.

(3:02:52 PM) nwsbot: DVN: W Elizabeth [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M12.5 INCH at 03:01 PM CST —

(3:01:43 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Erie [Whiteside Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M7.2 INCH at 03:00 PM CST —

(2:59:03 PM)
nwsbot: DVN: Pearl City [Stephenson Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M14.0 INCH at 02:55 PM CST — storm total.

Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M3.6 INCH at 12:00 PM CST — snow amount since midnight.

DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M15.0 INCH at 11:52 AM CST — storm total snowfall.

MKX issues Wind Chill Advisory valid at Dec 10, 3:00 AM CST for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk, Washington [WI] till Dec 10, 12:00 PM CST

Local Snowfall Totals:  Rockford 7-9 , Stockton 13 , Roscoe 9.5 ,
Loves Park 9.5, Leaf River 13.5, Belvidere 12, Baileyville 13-14, Algonquin 7.

Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M8.0 INCH at 07:25 AM CST — storm total so far. light snow falling at time of report.
Galena Territory [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M8.2 INCH at 07:00 AM CST — storm total so far.
4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M14.0 INCH at 07:36 AM CST — storm total so far.

Middleton [Dane Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M17.0 INCH at 07:25 AM CST —

Harvard [Mchenry Co, IL] co-op observer reports SNOW of M8.5 INCH at 07:00 AM CST — 24 hour total
(7:37:04 AM) nwsbot: LOT: Crystal Lake [Mchenry Co, IL] co-op observer reports SNOW of M6.4 INCH at 07:00 AM CST —

(6:44:02 AM) nwsbot: DVN: Rock Falls [Whiteside Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 06:43 AM CST — storm total so far.

(5:47:36 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Milton [Rock Co, WI] nws employee reports HEAVY SNOW of M10.0 INCH at 05:45 AM CST — heavy wet snow.

(5:36:31 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Record Event Report (RER) … RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL AND SNOWFALL SET AT ROCKFORD IL …

(5:48:14 AM) nwsbot: LOT: Woodstock [Mchenry Co, IL] co-op observer reports SNOW of M7.0 INCH at 04:50 AM CST —

5 Sw Madison [Dane Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M15.0 INCH at 02:15 AM CST — 3 inches in past hour. wires down on houses and cars…with power outages in madison. wet snow sticking to trees and power lines and bringing them down.

5 Sw Madison [Dane Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M12.0 INCH at 01:10 AM CST — thundersnow, 1.5 inches of snow in past hour. numerous reports of trees and power lines down due to heavy wet snow in the city of madison.

Madison [Dane Co, WI] broadcast media reports HEAVY SNOW of M10.5 INCH at 12:35 AM CST — heavy snow. wisc tv. winds gust to 25 to 30 mph. some drifting snow but still fairly wet snow.

(11:37:12 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Burlington [Racine Co, WI] public reports HEAVY SNOW of M6.8 INCH at 11:00 PM CST —
(11:44:21 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 3 Se Palmyra [Jefferson Co, WI] nws employee reports SNOW of M4.6 INCH at 11:40 PM CST —

(11:19:07 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M8.0 INCH at 11:16 PM CST — event total so far. still snowing.

(10:35:33 PM)
nwsbot: DVN: Ridott [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports LIGHTNING at 10:33 PM CST — thundersnow observed.

(9:32:52 PM)
nwsbot: LOT: De Kalb [De Kalb Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.5 INCH at 09:15 PM CST — storm total.
(9:34:21 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M6.5 INCH at 09:20 PM CST —
(9:36:22 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Leaf River [Ogle Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M8.3 INCH at 09:20 PM CST —
(9:37:14 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 09:20 PM CST —

13News has confirmed that UPS Rockford operations at the Chicago-Rockford Int’l Airport has closed. All flights were diverted from Rockford to Louisville Int’l.

(9:21:06 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Stockton [Jo Daviess Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M7.0 INCH at 09:12 PM CST —

(8:47:44 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 3 Wnw Bull Valley [Mchenry Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.6 INCH at 08:30 PM CST — snowfall in the past 12.5 hours.

(8:42:03 PM)
nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 08:38 PM CST — updated storm total. 4 inches since 430pm.

(8:31:41 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Loves Park [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.5 INCH at 08:19 PM CST — storm total.

(8:30:01 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 2 S La Grange [Walworth Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 08:00 PM CST — fell between 4pm and 8pm.

(6:37:24 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of E3.0 INCH at 06:35 PM CST — 1 inch since snow begain again this afternoon. 3 inches in last 24 hours.

(6:23:08 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M0.9 INCH at 06:00 PM CST — measured in the last 6 hours.

(6:13:05 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] co-op observer reports SNOW of M1.9 INCH at 06:00 PM CST — snow depth 3 inches. total so far.

Storm Prediction Center issues Mesoscale Discussion

(5:12:09 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Clinton [Clinton Co, IA] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.3 INCH at 04:58 PM CST —

(3:57:18 PM)
nwsbot: DVN: 1 Wnw Morrison [Whiteside Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M3.0 INCH at 03:54 PM CST — event total so far

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This post was written by qni_it on December 8, 2009

11 Comments so far

  1. Pam December 9, 2009 1:40 AM

    Everyone’s probably asleep but I wonder when the rain will turn back into snow? The roads were incredibly icy coming home this morning.

  2. WI Weather Buff December 9, 2009 3:35 AM

    Cyndi K has been there overnight doing cut-ins to give regular updates.

  3. WI Weather Buff December 9, 2009 4:21 AM

    3:00 a.m. Beloit, WI

    Est. 8.5″ of wet heavy snow on the ground
    Current Precip: light mist
    Current temp (uncalibrated thermometer): 34º

    Outside it is almost eerily quiet, as it often is in the early morning hours after an overnight snow. The stark quiet is punctuated by the occasional sound of small twigs and branches snapping in the trees from the weight of the snow. That made me wonder how well the larger branches and utility lines will hold up. Keeping fingers crossed.

    Main roads (i.e., Hy 213, 81) appear well plowed, side streets, not at all.

    I looked at the clock, looked outside, looked at the forecast, and figured, “Well, either I need to get my sorry keester dressed and shovel now, or I get to shovel later when the same snow will still be there but it will be a lot colder and the wind will be whistling in my ears. I decided to go for “now.” Not a bad choice. I have always kind of enjoyed the quiet somewhat peaceful zen of early morning snow shoveling.

    Folks who may be a little more out of shape than you thought (including self here) beware: this is a very wet heavy snow, and shoveling is surprisingly strenuous. The Beloit schools are closed today. If you are not in good health or getting older (aren’t we all) or somewhat out of shape, consider hiring a local kid to do your shoveling. I’m sure there are local youth in our economically stressed town who would appreciate the cash.

  4. Pam December 9, 2009 6:45 AM

    Thanks WI Weather Buff – I don’t normally have the TV on; rely mostly on the net for news; Loved your description of the morning;

  5. tony December 9, 2009 6:40 PM

    Well as of 5:40 pm, I now have 10 inches of snow in loves park.

  6. WI Weather Buff December 9, 2009 7:52 PM

    Big thanks to Cyndi & Eric who both put in a couple of very long days to bring us this storm coverage!!

  7. Jim H December 9, 2009 9:41 PM

    Decided to head out and do a little shopping. Did hit walmart. Saw tons of carts littering the lot. Thought of blogger tony. aha.

    Roads weren’t terrible, but even on all the main roads, they were all covered except the tire tracks (alpine/e state/perryville). Didn’t see one plow the whole trip.

    The worst spot I hit was the overpass at bypass 20/alpine. the snow is really blowing up and over the guardrails and really drifting onto alpine and totally covering the southbound lane.

    But, everyone was driving safe, people were in good moods, and was glad to do a little Christmas shopping. :)

  8. tony December 9, 2009 10:21 PM

    Actually jim, I don’t work at walmart anyhow. I have not worked there since the end of june. And I echo what weather buff posted, 13 weather authority is the only weather team will stay in the weather center for 2 days straight to keep us up to date on these major snowstorms, or severe storms in the spring and summer.

  9. Jim December 9, 2009 11:04 PM

    ah, tony, sorry bout that, i just remembered last winter season you were there.! aha. :)

  10. tony December 10, 2009 12:21 AM

    Yep, I was there last winter, but got fired june 28th of this year. Still looking for work.

  11. WI Weather Buff December 10, 2009 6:04 AM

    So now that the storm is over, this is a good opportunity to put in a plug for some of my favorite reading on the web about this kind of storm (known as a Panhandle Hook Storm).

    Here are some accounts of other famous (infamous) Panhandle Hook storms in the past:

    Armistice Day Blizzard (1940)

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/200011/10_steilm_blizzard-m/

    The storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald and inspired the Gordon Lightfoot song about the event (1975)

    http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwise/fitz.html

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