How does this winter compare to last winter so far?

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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


November 2019

14.3 inches


December 2018 vs. December 2019

Month/YearSnowSubzero days

December 2018

6.7 inches


December 2019

11.3 inches


January 2019 vs. January 2020

Month/YearSnowSubzero days

January 2019

6.8 inches


January 2020

7.2 inches


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. 


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