Here are Minnesota snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.
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There's no doubt at this point that the latest winter storm to barrel through Minnesota proved to be a bit of a bust, with snow melting on impact and compacting due to a high moisture content to result in the perfect storm of slush and lower snow totals than were forecast. 

Far southern Minnesota appears to have gotten hit the hardest, with Ellendale – just north of Albert Lea along the Interstate 35 corridor – reporting the most so far, at 8.2 inches. 


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Pavement in the Twin Cities is a slushy mess as warm temps results in a lot of melting and compaction, meaning the 3 inches or so that was recorded at MSP Airport is no more than an inch or two of slush – a far cry from the 6+ inches the National Weather Service was forecast, and even more than Sven Sundgaard and Novak Weather were calling for. 

Hey, it's the weather. It happens. 

Here's the snowfall leaderboard in Minnesota, which is subject to change as snowfall reports are updated/added. You can find a full list right here. 

  • 8.2 inches - Ellendale
  • 7.5 inches - Spencer Brook
  • 6.5 inches - Eitzen, Owatonna
  • 6.1 inches - Nerstrand
  • 6 inches - Albert Lea, Rochester, Outing, Zumbrota
  • 5.5 inches - Dennison, Waseca, Spring Grove, Vineland
  • 5.1 inches - Byron
  • 5 inches - Faribault, Kasson, Pine Island, Zumbro, Hill City
  • 4.8 inches - Hayfield, Peterson
  • 4.7 inches - Cannon Falls
  • 4.5 inches - Apple Valley, Austin, Chatfield, Farmington, Rosemount, New Prague, Winona
  • 4.4 inches - Minnesota City, Stewartville
  • 4 inches - Lakeville, Eagan, Mankato, Milaca, Winnebago, Rushford, Elba, Lewiston, Grand Rapids, Onamia, Ivanhoe
  • 3.9 inches - Northfield

There's also an unconfirmed report of about 10 inches in Manchester, which is located in Freeborn County. 

The southern suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area picked up about 3-5 inches on average, while 2-3 inches were common in the rest of the metro, though most of it melted into slush. 

"Temps since midnight have been above freezing the entire time and we peaked at 35 yesterday. That meant snow was falling at a less than 10:1 ratio much of the time and compacting and melting," explains meteorologist Sven Sundgaard

"We measure snow at the airport four times per day, but in a warm situation what you measure at one time is not going to be the same as 6 or 12 hours earlier with melting."

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