January 12-13, 2018 Winter Storm Summary & Proceeding Bitter Cold, Fog & Hoar Frost

Here are the totals & overview of the storm.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 11:32 AM
Updated: Jan 14, 2019 1:29 PM

A significant winter storm affect a large swath of the middle U.S. from Colorado & New Mexico to Virginia & Maryland January 11-13.  It was the most significant winter storm for the country since the historic storm in the Southeast in December, following the November 30-December Plains blizzard & Thanksgiving period historic blizzard in the Plains & parts of the Midwest. 

Here are preliminary snowfall totals from the storm:

Here are seasonal snowfall totals so far in the 2018-19 snowfall season:

This storm was historic in parts of central & eastern Missouri to western Illinois with up to 20" of accumulation.  Columbia, Missouri measured 18.2" of snow, Montgomery County, Missouri saw 20.0", while Jacksonville, Illinois saw 16.5".  Many areas of central Illinois saw 12".  So far, 13 deaths have been blamed on this storm.

Most of our viewing area saw 5-8".  The exception was the far northern fringe with parts of of Pulaski, Fulton & Miami counties seeing 4-5".

There were two bands of enhanced snowfall that resulted in some +8" amounts.  One extended from Kentland to Wolcott (this band of isolated higher amounts actually extends back to north-central Iroqouis County, Illinois with 10" measured northwest of Watseka).

Another extended from north of Otterbein to Brookston.  Isolated areas in these two bands saw up to 9", even 9.5".

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN OF MEASURED SNOWFALL (CoCoRaHs, NWS COOP & WLFI Spotter & Observer Totals [Private Citizens to EMA to Law Enforcement]):

MONTGOMERY:  5-6"

FOUNTAIN:  5-7"

WARREN:  5-8"

TIPPECANOE:  5-9"

BENTON:  5.5-8.7"

WHITE:  6-9.3"

CLINTON:  5-7"

CARROLL: 6-7"

HOWARD:  5-7.8"

CASS:  6-7.3"

MIAMI:  4-4.8"

FULTON:  4-6"

PULASKI:  4-4.5"

JASPER:  5-7"

NEWTON:  5-9.5"

MONTGOMERY: 5-6"

6.0" Linden

5.6" 5 Miles West-Northwest of New Ross

5.0" 3 Miles Northeast of Crawfordsville

FOUNTAIN: 5-7"

7.0" 3 Miles Southwest of West Point

6.0" Veedersburg

6.0" Covington

5.6" 0.4 Miles West-Northwest of Covington

5.0" 3 Miles East of Covington

WARREN: 5-8"

8.0" Pine Village

8.0" Rainsville

5.0" 1 Mile Southwest of Pence

WHITE: 6-9.3"

9.3" 4.3 Miles West of Brookston

9.0" Wolcott

9.0" Brookston

7.8" 5 Miles West of Chalmers

7.0" Monticello

6.0" 3 Miles North of Monticello

TIPPECANOE:  5-8"

8.0" Battle Ground

8.0" Buck Creek

8.0" 4 Miles Southwest of Delphi

7.7" 3 Miles Northeast of Lafayette

7.2" 1 Mile Southeast of Lafayette

7.0" Off Prophets Rock Road, West Lafayette

7.0" 2 Miles West of West Lafayette

6.9" 5 Miles Northeast of Dayton

6.8" Lafayette

5.9" 4 Miles Northwest of West Lafayette

5.8" 8 Miles South of Lafayette

5.0" 6 Miles Northwest of West Lafayette

BENTON: 5.5-8.7"

8.7" 4 Miles Northwest of Otterbein

8.1" Otterbein

8.0" Fowler

6.5" Earl Park

5.5" Ambia

CARROLL: 6-7"

7.0" Delphi

6.5" 1 Mile North of Flora

6.5" Oakdale Dam

6.0" Camden

CLINTON: 5-7"

7.0" Frankfort

7.0" Rossville

6.0" 1 Mile East of Frankfort

6.0" Colfax

5.0" Michigantown

HOWARD: 5-7.8"

7.8" 1 Mile Northwest of Kokomo

7.3" 6 Miles North-Northeast of Burlington

7.0" 3 Miles West-Southwest of Kokomo

7.0" Russiaville

6.5" 1 Mile East of Kokomo

5.0" Kokomo

CASS: 6-7.3"

7.3" Young America

7.0" Walton

6.0" Logansport

MIAMI: 4-4.8"

4.8" 1 Mile North-Northwest of Peru

4.0" 1 Mile Northeast of Denver

FULTON: 4-6"

6.0" 1 Mile West-Northwest of Rochester

6.0" Rochester

4.0" 6 Miles Northwest of Rochester

PULASKI: 4-4.5"

4.5" Francesville

4.0" Winamac

JASPER: 5-7"

7.0" Remington

7.0" 2 Miles South-Southwest of Rensselaer

7.0"  Southside of Rensselaer

7.0" 5 Miles Southwest of Rensselaer

6.0" Rensselaer

6.0" Demotte

6.0" 1 Mile Southwest of Demotte

6.0" 4 Miles Southwest of Demotte

5.0" 1 Mile North-Northwest of Demotte

5.0" Wheatfield

NEWTON: 5-9.5"

9.5" Kentland

8.2" 2 Miles Northeast of Kentland

7.8" Goodland

6.5" Newton

5.7" 1 Mile Southwest of Morocco

5.0" Morocco

Bitterly cold morning & dense freezing fog with picturesque hoarfrost followed on the morning of Monday, January 14.  With clearing skies, calm winds & fresh snow pack, temperatures tanked.  It could have even gotten colder if not for a chunk of the night being overcast. Even cleared surfaces saw black ice re-develop from the fog & frost.

Development of an inversion led to dense freezing fog due to moisture from the snow.  This adheared to surfaces to produce the heavy frost & even some light snow.  Lows dropped below 0 in places.

LOW TEMPERATURES MONDAY, JANUARY 14:

-1 Morocco (Mesonet)

0 Monticello-White County Airport (Data Stopped Transmitting at 7:15 A.M., However)

1 Flora Municipal Airport

1 Fowler (Mesonet)

1 Logansport-Cass County Airport

2 Winamac (Mesonet)

2 Kokomo Municipal Airport

3 Frankfort Municipal Airport

4 Attica (Mesonet)

4 Grissom Air Reserve Base

5 Rochester-Fulton County Airport

6 Purdue University Airport

6 WLFI-TV

9 Peru Municipal Airport

10 Covington (Mesonet)

HOARFROST & FREEZING FOG PICS:

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