How does this winter compare to last winter so far?

Author:
Publish date:
shoveling snow

The Twin Cities averages 54 inches of snow each winter, but 2019-20 appears to be on track to sprint past that annual average for a third consecutive winter. 

Only 32-37 inches of snow was recorded at MSP Airport in the winters of 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, but things got wild in 2017-18 with 78.3 inches of snow and again last winter when 77.1 inches was recorded. 

This winter has already seen 32.8 inches of snow at MSP Airport, which blows away the amounts through Jan. 20 in each of the last two winters, which were obviously very snowy by the time things were all said and done. 

At this same time last winter only 17.5 inches had fallen at the airport, and at the same point during the winter of 2017-18, only 25.2 inches of snow had been recorded. 

November 2018 vs. November 2019

Month/YearSnowSubzero days

November 2018

4.0 inches

0

November 2019

14.3 inches

0

December 2018 vs. December 2019

Month/YearSnowSubzero days

December 2018

6.7 inches

0

December 2019

11.3 inches

5

January 2019 vs. January 2020

Month/YearSnowSubzero days

January 2019

6.8 inches

10

January 2020

7.2 inches

4

Clearly, if February-April bring snow events as frequently as the past two winters have seen, the metro area has a good shot to again fly by the annual snowfall average (54 inches) for a third straight year. 

That'll happen if the Twin Cities simply gets its average monthly snow totals the rest of the winter. The average in February is 7.8 inches while March and April bring average snowfall totals of 10.2 inches and 2.5 inches, respectively. 

We'll really go into the big time snow totals if this winter is similar to last winter, when 59.3 inches of snow fell February through April, including a ridiculous 39 inches last February.  

Any snow in the forecast? Nothing of note, according to the National Weather Service, which says temps will warm this week and result in the potential for a wintry mix Wednesday and Thursday. 

Tab2FileL

Next Up

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher Basketball

Maryland hands Gophers first home loss of season

The 17th-ranked Gophers fell to the Terrapins 63-49 on Saturday afternoon.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Minnesota Department of Health files lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar has been in the news for defying orders.

Iron Tap snowmobile delivery

This MN restaurant will deliver to your ice house... on a snowmobile

Just in case you work up an appetite fishing on Lake Waconia.

Klobuchar and Trump

Klobuchar reacts to report Trump plotted against his attorney general

The NYT story alleges further tactics to overturn the election.

snow, plow

Snowy Saturday: Here's how much snow is forecast in Minnesota

Snow will reach the metro area by the early afternoon.

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

Related

snow, tape measure

Here's how much snow has fallen in Minnesota .... so far

A lot more could still fall in parts of greater Minnesota.

snow, buses, metro transit

Few significant snowstorms have hit the Twin Cities this winter

There haven't been many decent snowstorms to hit the Twin Cities this winter.

snow, snowplow

Way Over Our Heads podcast: Another snowy winter for the Twin Cities?

It's pretty unusual to get 75+ inches of snow two years in a row in the Twin Cities.

snow, tape measure

Here's how much snow the latest winter storm dumped in MN

MSP Airport has topped 20 inches so far this month.

Farmers' Almanac predicts brutal winter for Minnesota

The Old Farmer's Almanac and Farmers' Almanac are butting heads about the forecast.

snow, snowplow

'Frigid & Snowy': The Farmers' Almanac releases winter forecast

Fun fact: It last snowed in the Twin Cities 110 days ago (as of Aug. 26).