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How many times has it snowed on Halloween in the Twin Cities?

The blizzard of 1991 was as rare as it was historic.
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Halloween is just a week away and undoubtedly you'll be inundated with reminders about the 1991 Halloween blizzard. It was historic and extremely rare, and it begs the question: how often does it snow on Halloween in the Twin Cities?

The answer: just three times since the great Halloween blizzard of '91, and it's been more than two decades since measurable snow fell on Halloween in the metro (1995 with a half-inch of snow). 

  • 2017: 35 and dry
  • 2016: 58 and sprinkles
  • 2015: 51 and rain
  • 2014: 40 and dry
  • 2013: 50 and sprinkles
  • 2012: 52 and dry
  • 2011: 50 and dry
  • 2010: 49 and dry
  • 2009: 44 and sprinkles
  • 2008: 62 and dry
  • 2007: 62 and sprinkles
  • 2006: 50 and sprinkles
  • 2005: 50 and sprinkles
  • 2004: 44 and sprinkles
  • 2003: 40 and dry
  • 2002: 34 and dry
  • 2001: 61 and dry
  • 2000: 71 and dry
  • 1999: 68 and dry
  • 1998: 47 and dry
  • 1997: 61 and rain
  • 1996: 32 and sprinkles/flurries
  • 1995: 40 and a half-inch of snow
  • 1994: 54 and dry
  • 1993: 38 and dry
  • 1992: 44 and sprinkles
  • 1991: 32 and the historic blizzard

According to the Climate Journal from the Minnesota DNR, high temps in the metro are usually in the 40s and 50s on Oct. 31. The warmest ever was 83 degrees in 1950 and the coldest was a 26-degree day in 1873. 

In terms of precipitation, it only happens about once every our years, the Climate Journal notes. 

"Measurable snow on Halloween is about as rare as getting a full-sized candy bar in your trick or treat bag," the journal jokes, adding that it happens just 4 percent of the time.

Clearly, the Climate Journal has never trick or treated in southwest Minneapolis or Edina.  

Meanwhile, this year's Halloween looks to be pretty average, although the National Weather Service is hinting at the potential for a stormier patter in the next 10 days. We'll see what happens, but you should feel pretty confident knowing Duluth won't get pounded with 36.1 inches of snow like they did in the two-day Halloween blizzard of nearly 30 years ago. 

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