Winter Storm Lucian Brings Blizzard Conditions to the Plains, Snow and Ice from the Northwest to the Midwest

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Published: February 8, 2019

Winter Storm Lucian

Winter Storm Lucian is now closing out its multi-day journey across the United States with snow and strong winds in the Midwest, including white out conditions.

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Some freezing rain is likely in parts of northern New England overnight, and lake effect snow is likely in the Upper Great Lakes.

Blizzard conditions were recorded Thursday afternoon in Fargo, Grand Forks and Grafton, North Dakota, Crookston, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota and near-blizzard conditions were recorded across the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota.


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(LUCIAN NEWS: At Least 4 Dead, Tens of Thousands Without Power

Winter Storm Lucian Recap So Far

Winter Storm Lucian was a two-phase winter storm that brought ice and snow to large swaths of the West and North in early February. Phase one brought wintry precip to parts of the West, Midwest and Northeast from Feb. 3-6. Phase two brought snow to the Rockies beginning on Feb. 6, then blizzard conditions to the Plains and Midwest on Feb. 7.

Sunday night into Monday, more than 6 inches of snow coated parts of the Seattle metro area, including 9 inches northeast of downtown near Redmond and 8 inches just across Lake Washington from downtown in Bellevue. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport officially picked up 2.7 inches of snow.

Snow was observed in coastal parts of Washington and Oregon as well.

Snow fell in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, Monday afternoon into early Tuesday. Parts of the Portland area saw up to 2 inches of snow.

Snow even dusted the hills around the Bay Area in California early Tuesday morning. A brief period of snow fell in Monterey at an elevation of 92 feet.

Icy conditions from freezing drizzle contributed to accidents in the Wichita, Kansas, metro area early Tuesday.

Sleet and freezing rain were accompanied by thunder at the National Weather Service office in Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday afternoon. In Muscatine, Iowa, penny-sized hail accumulated on vehicle tops, along with sleet and freezing rain.

Roads became covered in sleet in Rockford, Illinois, early Tuesday evening, leading to slick travel conditions for the evening commute.

Lucian also brought several inches of snow to the upper Midwest on Tuesday, including 4.1 inches in Minneapolis/St. Paul and 7.1 inches in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

According to PowerOutage.us, more than 40,000 customers lost power in Michigan on Feb. 6, likely due to icing in parts of the state from the first part of Lucian. Up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulation was reported in the Grand Rapids metro area.

The second phase of Lucian crossed the central Rockies on Feb. 6, bringing snow to parts of the Salt Lake City metro area, which saw more than a foot of snow.

Ice also caused accidents in the Wichita, Kansas, metro area for the second morning in a row.

Freezing rain accumulated up to a half-inch thick in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Pleasant Hill.

The second part of Winter Storm Lucian clobbered the northern Plains and Upper Midwest with blizzard conditions on Feb. 7. The low pressure system moved from the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma northeastward toward Wisconsin and Michigan.

Numerous cars reportedly slid into ditches or couldn't make it up hilly roads due to ice in Green County, Wisconsin.

Visibility was down to a quarter mile or less in eastern North Dakota on the morning of Feb. 7 due to the snow and strong winds. That has prompted a closure of Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota.

Blizzard conditions were recorded during the following afternoon and evening in Fargo, Grand Forks and Grafton, North Dakota, Crookston, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota and near-blizzard conditions were recorded across the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota.

Here are some select storm reports by state as of early Thursday morning. All reports are for snow unless otherwise indicated.

West

  • Arizona: 18 inches in Jacob Lake; 10.1 inches in Flagstaff
  • California (storm totals from winter storms Kai and Lucian combined Saturday-Wednesday): Mammoth Mountain (132 inches); Kirkwood Ski Resort (92 inches); Kingvale (87 inches)
  • Colorado: 13 inches in Molas Pass and Wolf Creek Pass; 3.1 inches at Denver International Airport
  • Nevada: 40 inches in Incline Village; 2.7 inches in Reno
  • New Mexico: 8 inches in Jemez Springs
  • Oregon: 13 inches in Enterprise and Cornucopia; 3.7 inches in Pendleton; 1.5 inches in northeast Portland
  • Utah: Up to 13 inches in Salt Lake City; 14.5 inches in South Salt Lake City
  • Washington: 12.5 inches in Ahtanum; 11.5 inches near Yakima; 2.7 inches at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (heavier totals of 6 inches or more reported in other parts of the Seattle metro)
  • Wyoming: 8 inches near Clareton (from phase 2)

Midwest

  • Illinois: 0.28 inch of ice in Waukegan; 0.16 inch ice in Rockford; 0.03 inches of ice at Chicago O'Hare Airport
  • Iowa: 3 inches in Cleghorn; 0.30 inch of ice in Davenport and Park View
  • Kansas: 0.5 inch ice in Arma, Chatauqua and Frontenax; 0.09 inch ice in Wichita
  • Michigan: 9 inches in Escanaba; 0.40 inch ice in Greenville
  • Missouri: 0.60 inch ice in Warrenburg; 0.50 inch ice in Pleasant Hill
  • Minnesota: 12 inches in Hines; 9.5 inches in Bemidji; 4.1 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
  • North Dakota: 10 inches in Ashley; 6.4 inches near McLeod
  • Oklahoma: 0.26 inch ice in Bartlesville
  • South Dakota: 12 inches in Long Lake; 6 inches near Rapid City
  • Wisconsin: 10.8 inches near Wheeler; 7.1 inches in Eau Claire; 0.3 inch ice in Delavan

Northeast

  • New Hampshire: 0.09 inch ice near Derry
  • New York: 0.50 inch ice near Sanborn; 0.44 inch of ice near Tonawanda; 0.37 inches of ice in Buffalo; 0.12 inches of ice in Rochester
  • Vermont: About 0.27 inch of ice in Burlington


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