MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With how this winter is going, it could be a record breaker for total snowfall in the Twin Cities.
As of Monday, 59.5 inches had fallen at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen this season. That’s 4.5 inches more than the average total snowfall for the entire winter.
“To be at these levels in mid-January is quite amazing,” said Tony Zaleski, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
With some of the snowiest months yet to come, the season could surpass the record snowfall of 90 inches set back in 1982-83.
“The record is attainable with the amount of snow we’ve had so far this year,” said Zaleski.
The nearly constant snowfall we’ve had this month is very unusual, Zaleski said. He cites the west to east jet stream, which is bringing in more weather systems from the Central Pacific and Central Plains states.
In addition, it’s a La Nina year, which means we’ll likely have near-normal temperatures in March. That’s unlike last spring, which was warmer than usual.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Telly Mamayek Reports