Snowless April 2010

Another hallmark of the warm Spring of 2010 is the lack of snowfall. After a nearly snowless March, it appears April 2010 will close without snowfall at any reporting location in Minnesota. How common is it to not have any April snowfall at a particular location in Minnesota? At International Falls for example, no measurable snow in April happens about once every 20 years or so, for Duluth a zero or a trace happens about every 13 years and in the Twin Cities a snow-free April happens about every 4 years.

In April 2010, no measurable snowfall was reported in Minnesota. This was the first April since modern records began in 1891 with no measurable snow reported. There have been some recent Aprils with scant snowfall such as 2006, but 2 inches of snow fell at Grand Portage during the month. Thus, April 2010 may be the first April in the modern record without snowfall reported in the state.