Believe it or not, the Twin Cities has already had more than 30 inches of snow this cold season, including an official 2.4 inches measured at MSP Airport on Tuesday.
The 2.4 inches wasn't much more than a nuisance snowfall, but there were locations around the state that got double or triple that amount. Check out the snowfall leaderboard from the Dec. 29 storm, which produced 8-12 inches in a stripe from central Iowa to northern Illinois. Minnesota leaderboard:
- 7.5 inches - Knife River
- 6.6 inches - Two Harbors, Barrett
- 6.4 inches - Lester Park
- 6.1 inches - Nisswa
- 5.8 inches - Brainerd, Silver Bay
- 5.5 inches - Duluth, Rice
- 5.2 inches - Aitkin
- 5 inches - Hermantown, Moose Lake
- 4.6 inches - Alexandria
- 4.5 inches - Sauk Rapids
- 4.4 inches - Clearwater
- 4.1 inches - Cold Spring
- 4 inches - Moorhead, Hutchinson, Worthington, Lino Lakes
- 3.6 inches - St. Cloud, Minneota, Chisholm
- 3.5 inches - Chanhassen, Mankato, North Branch, Ramsey
- 3.3 inches - New Brighton, Dassel
- 3 inches - Grand Rapids, Little Falls, Maple Plain, Paynesville, St. Joseph
- 2.8 inches - Buffalo, Chaska, Prior Lake
- 2.6 inches - Fridley
- 2.5 inches - Woodbury, Stillwater, Rosemount
- 2.4 inches - MSP Airport, Richfield, North St. Paul
- 2.1 inches - Bloomington
- 2 inches - Roseville, Lakeville, Excelsior
- 1.7 inches - Rochester
Though Minnesota went through an extended dry period for the second half of November and the first three weeks of December, things have picked up to the point that December is now snowier than normal for the Twin Cities.
In fact, 12.4 inches of snow has been recorded at the official measuring location at MSP Airport, which is more than the annual average of 11.5 inches.
The average in November is 9.4 inches and the Twin Cities nearly got there with 8.8 inches, and the metro blew the October average of 0.6 inches with a whopping 9.3 inches.
Add it all up and the Twin Cities has already received 30.5 inches of snow.
The next chance for accumulating snow is unknown as the weather service expects most of Minnesota to remain dry through at least early next week.