Top Fourteen Snowfalls in the Twin Cities: 1891-2010

Here's the the top fourteen snowfalls for the Twin Cities from 1891 to 2010. Some of the storms were massive areas of low pressure that brought blizzard conditions such as the Armistice Day Storm, and some were more gentle affairs like March 8-9, 1999. The largest single storm total is 28.4 inches with the 1991 Halloween storm.

Last year was the that brought 24.4 inches to Duluth, with 9.2 inches measured at the Twin Cities.

The largest snowfall on record for December in the Twin Cities is the December 10-11, 2010 storm with 17.1 inches. The former record was the December 27-28, 1982 storm. This was a heavy wet snow that fell mostly at night. The nighttime sky took on a pink and orange hue with heavy falling snow and occasional flashes of lightning. The Twin Cities Airport was closed for 19 hours due to this storm, the first time the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport was closed because of snow since March, 1965. The total snowfall was 16.5 inches.

None of the top fourteen have occurred in February. The largest storm that could be found in February is the 10.7 inches that fell on February 1-2, 2004. An additional .3 inches fell on the evening of January 31, 2004 to bring the storm total to 11 inches.

Statewide, the largest snowfall on record was a rather gentle Lake Superior-enhanced event of 46.5 inches from January 6-8, 1994 at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Center near Finland in Lake County.

Top Thirteen Largest Snowfalls for Twin Cities

1.  28.4 inches: 1991 October 31 - November 3 (Halloween Blizzard)
2.  21.1 inches: 1985 November 29 - December 1 
3.  20.0 inches: 1982 January 22 - 23
4.  17.4 inches: 1982 January 20 - 21
5.  17.1 inches: 2010 December 10 - 11
6.  16.8 inches: 1940 November 11 - 12  (Armistice Day)
7.  16.7 inches: 1985 March 3 - 4
7.  16.7 inches: 1940 March 11 - 14 (tie)
9.  16.5 inches: 1982 December 27 - 28
10. 16.0 inches: 1917 January 20 - 21
10. 16.0 inches: 1999 March 8 - 9 (tie)
12. 14.7 inches: 1985 March 31
13. 14.3 inches: 1991 November 29 - 30
14. 14.1 inches: 1952 March 22 -23