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Snowfall leaderboard for storm that blew away expectations Monday in Minnesota

New Ulm didn't see that coming!

New Ulm got 10 inches of snow on Monday. It's safe to say that nobody predicted that much snow anywhere, much less any accumulating snow of more than 1-3 inches very far north of the Minnesota-Iowa border. 

So what happened?

"The band of snow intensified and moved slower," the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service (NWS Twin Cities) said in a tweet, later adding that the enhanced snowfall event "is somewhat similar to severe weather in the warm season."

This map shows a large area of south-central Minnesota that picked up anywhere from 4-10 inches of snow, and another area west/northwest of the Twin Cities that got from 3-6 inches. 


Snowfall leaderboard for Monday, Feb. 17. 

10 inches - New Ulm

9 inches - Courtland

8.5 inches - Nicollet

7.9 inches - St. Peter

5.5 inches - Otsego

5.3 inches - Brycelyn

5 inches - Mankato, St. James, Owatonna, Monticello, Big Lake

4.5 inches - Annandale, Ellendale

4.2 inches - Waconia

4 inches - Albert Lea, Watertown

3.8 inches - Buffalo, Mayer

3.5 inches - Waconia, New Prague, Springfield

3.1 inches - St. Michael

3 inches - North Branch, Montgomery, Woodbury

2.5 inches - Forest Lake, Kimball, Rosemount, Northfield

2.3 inches - Burnsville, North St. Paul, Richfield

2.2 inches - Edina

2 inches - MSP Airport, Chanhassen, Hastings, Milaca, Red Wing, New Hope

There was also a swath of accumulating snow in northern Minnesota on Monday. 

Chisholm picked up 4.8 inches, Nashwauk got 4.6 and Grand Rapids shoveled out of 4.2 inches of fresh snow. 

This is the second time that snow totals have smashed expectations in the past three weeks. January ended with parts of southwest Minnesota getting slammed with 5-9 inches of snow after the forecast called for an inch or two. 

You can check for more snowfall reports via the NWS right here, but many of the reports aren't updated to show final tallies from the storm (as of 9:40 a.m.). You can try this link for additional snowfall reports

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