The Twin Cities just had its snowiest October ever

In your face, 1991!
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That's it, we never want to hear another word about the Great Halloween Blizzard of Nineteen Ninety One, that is now old news.

2020 is now the year of the greatest October snow in Twin Cities history, with the 8.9 inches of snow received so far exceeding the previous record of 8.2 inches set in, yep, 1991.

The bulk of that snow fell on Tuesday, when more than 7 inches was record at MSP Airport, and there may be more on the way with the metro potentially getting another 1-3 inches on Sunday.

There were also records set in St. Cloud and Eau Claire, which have both seen 7.2 inches of snow this winter.

So what about 1991? Well for all the talk (and there is a lot of talk) about the Halloween Blizzard, most of the snow that fell during that storm actually happened on Nov. 1.

Some 8.1 inches of snow fell on Halloween itself – no meagre amount by any stretch of the imagination – but a ridiculous 18.5 inches fell on Nov. 1. 

Will Minnesotans in the future refer to the great blizzard of October 20, 2020? It does have the nice symmetry of occurring on 10/20/2020, but in all likelihood they won't, as we can't imagine many people having pangs of nostalgia for 2020, of all years.

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