Fast facts: The winter that consumed Minnesota


There will be no festive going-away parties for winter this year. No cake, no hearty handshakes, no cheery "Bon voyage!"

Minnesotans are more likely to simply offer the bullying winter season a quiet "Good riddance," and that will be that.

Spring officially arrives at 11:57 a.m., although we won't notice much right away. Some parts of the state will see highs in the 40s Thursday and Friday, but then highs will dip to just the 20s Saturday and Sunday in the metro. Lows this weekend will drop below zero again in northern parts of the state.

It was a notably rough winter – not the coldest ever, but certainly one of the most miserable, with lots of subzero days combined with big snowfalls. (The website FiveThirtyEight sums up in a nice explainer what made this winter so bad nationwide.)

So it's worth checking out a few fast facts before we kick the season out the door.

The Star Tribune gathered these, among others:

6: More weeks of snow than usual

23: Days with windchill warnings

Minus 25: Temperature at which windchill warnings are issued

6: School closings due to weather in Minneapolis and Rochester (there were 7 in Duluth)

225: Cases of frostbite cases at HCMC in January and February

KSTP collected some other numbers, including this one: 61 1/2 inches of snow fell this winter season – more than 12 inches above average to date.

And we bundled up a few other numbers here, including:

9.7: Average temperature in Minneapolis (It was 3.85 degrees average in Duluth, the second-coldest ever.)

9th: This meteorological winter's rank on the coldest-ever list for the Twin Cities (by average temperature: 9.7), according to the National Weather Service list.

53: Number of days in the Twin Cities this winter that dipped to zero degrees or below, well double the average of 21 (but short of the record 68, the Department of Natural Resources reports). There have only been four winters with more subzero days, all in the 1800s.

20 percent: Hike in average heating bills in the metro this winter, compared to last year, the Pioneer Press reported.

24: Deepest snow depth in inches for the metro this winter (Feb. 21). The last time it was that deep: Jan. 26, 1982 (Pioneer Press).

192: This winter's rank on the misery index, well into the "severe" range and the highest since 1986. The index from the Minnesota State Climatology Office considers subzero days and snowfall, among other factors.

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