Weather History: Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

Today marks the 8 year anniversary of the 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard, which brought up to a foot or more of snow to portions of eastern Iowa, as well as gusty winds 40-50 mph.  Blizzard Warnings extended from Michigan to Oklahoma.

Here’s a look at the snowfall across the region:

The heaviest band of snow fell in portions of Missouri, far eastern Iowa, and northern Illinois.  The wind caused snow drifts of 2 to 5 feet, with some drifts as high as 10 feet.  The storm caused major travel issues, closing many roads.

Here are the surface weather maps from February 1st, and February 2nd.  Low pressure strengthened in Texas and tracked northeast through Illinois, into Indiana and Ohio.  The heaviest snow fell on the northwest side of this system.

February 1st, 6 AM weather map

February 2nd 6 AM weather map


Click here for a nice write up on the event from the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.

Here are some pictures from the Quad Cities (Storm Track 7 Meteorologist Kyle Kiel took them)

Kyle Kiel

Kyle Kiel

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