Spring starts with a bang leading to a narrow band of HEAVY snow

Well, we change the calendar on the season and all of a sudden we get the snow many have been anticipating for months. A small, strong, and compact storm pushed through the area Sunday and produced a narrow band of very heavy snow across portions of central and southern Minnesota. While the forecast location was on par with areas of the south metro through southeastern Minnesota getting the most snow, it did overachieve with totals up to a foot in isolated locations. So what happened?

It was a very an enhanced area of perfect components in the atmosphere that sat over the same area for several hours dumping the snow. But it could have been worse. When these intense bands of snow develop, they typically don't move much. Well, the band actually moved from south to north through the afternoon from southern Minnesota and into the south metro which can be seen in the images below from Sunday afternoon…

 

 

 

But then it stopped and sat for a few hours in the same area before dissipating and pressing southeast…