Twin Cities Snow No Match For Boston … This Year

MINNEAPOLIS (CBS) — You may think, as a Minnesotan, you’ve got the rest of the country beat when it comes to enduring wintry conditions. But you’d be mistaken, at least this year.

WBZ-TV in Boston put us to the challenge, pitting our statistics up against those from their little neck of New England.

Even though Minneapolis received record snowfall numbers this December, Boston has since eclipsed their totals. Compare our 60 inches of total snow this season to Boston’s 70 inches — and that’s at Logan Airport, where the snow totals are often much lower than the suburbs.

Augustyniak said the snow in Minnesota tends to be much fluffier than Boston, no good for snowballs and snowmen.

He also mentioned that people in Minnesota tend to have a better attitude about winter weather, though that may just be conjecture.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Deb Lawler Talks With Mike Augustyniak

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  1. DJP says:

    I think Mom Nature should send Boston our COLD too!!

  2. Dave K says:

    Our sons live in Boston and people who whine about narrowed streets here with all the snow have nothing to complain about compared to Boston. There the horse and buggy roads are barely wide enough for two cars without any snow. Right now – it’s a nightmare.

  3. Calliegirl says:

    But Boston snow melts days later…ours does not. Mpls snow just piles up all winter. So, stop whinning east coasters. Just stop.

    1. Calliegirl says:

      What I’m saying is Bostonites, NYers etc are a bunch of softies. They’re constantly whining about their weather. Yet, many of them wouldn’t trade our subzero, snow for months winters. “MN, oh no, too cold to live there!” They get snow, it melts. It doesn’t pile up for 3-4 months. We live with our storms results all winter long. Yes, we choose to live here. We don’t often complain about our cold winter. They choose to live there..and are constantly complaining about this or that all year long…

    2. parentdj says:

      Except, we’ve also had extreme and long cold spells this year–several times below zero (unusual here) and only one or two days slightly above freezing since Christmas–so we’ve had no melting—it just keep piling up. We’re getting a storm with significant snow about every 4 days. And I’m not whining….we lived in the
      Twin Cities for 17 years before moving to the Boston area 24 years ago…I’ve seen both. And while Boston had had 70 inches of snow, we’re 15 miles West and slightly higher altitude–we’ve had about 85 inches here. Thank God for my 21 year-old Trusty Toro snowblower, made (where else?) in Minneapolis, where they know how to make snow removal equipment!

  4. MNwoman says:

    @Calliegirl: so you’re saying flooding from rapidly melting snow is better?

    1. Calliegirl says:

      What I’m saying is Bostonites, NYers etc are a bunch of softies. They’re constantly whining about their weather. Yet, many of them wouldn’t trade our subzero, snow for months winters. “MN, oh no, too cold to live there!” They get snow, it melts. It doesn’t pile up for 3-4 months. We live with our storms results all winter long. Yes, we choose to live here. We don’t often complain about our cold winter. They choose to live there..and are constantly complaining about this or that all year long…

  5. ECB says:

    Sorry Calliegirl, I lived in Boston before moving to Mpls in 1996, the snow doesn’t melt the next day. Annual snowfall for Mpls 45.3, Boston 42.2. Boston also receives bigger storms, as mentioned by the article totals are notably less than suburbs. MN is cold, other than that the winters are very tame compared to the west or northeast.

  6. Steph says:

    I would LOVE to see more snow here! Sure, I could definately go without the sub zero nights and windchills that make it hard to breathe. Fifteen degrees and tons of snow is PERFECT for me! I’m a deihard snowmobilier and every forecast calling for snow brings a smile to my face and another chance to fire up the sled🙂 I LOVE WINTER!!!!!

  7. Greg Laden says:

    This story is a little odd. If one did not know better, one could conclude that Minneapolis normally gets more snow than Boston, but it does not. The east gets more precip all year than the plains/upper midwest. Thus, all those irrigation pipes in the farm fields!

    Yes, “boston snow melts” but a) not always …. the last two year I lived there over 100 inches of snow melt with zero melting, though that was a bit odd. Normally, a snow storm in Boston drops 6 or more inches and it either starts as slush then gets colder (so you get powder over ice) or starts as snow then turns to slush, sleet, or freezing rain (so you get ice-crusted snow). And on those melting days, the sewer drains plug up and you get to walk around ankle deep in the slush while fighting your neighbors for a parking plac!

    Also, in many towns, no now emergencies: You must move your car off one side of the street twice a week ALL YEAR* so that side can be cleaned of dirt, leaves, snow, depending on season.

    * Except a few weeks off in the spring and late summer; There are emergency routes on which you can’t part during snow storms at all, like in Minneapolis)

  8. Kent says:

    Minnie and Boston
    Enjoy the snowy scenes
    We have frozen lake beds
    They got Boston Beans

  9. Hung says:

    Well, not yet….we still have a few more months to go then will see.

  10. Spencer says:

    Who cares about snow, the average January high for Boston is about 37 degrees, while the average low is almost 23 degrees. Minnesota doesn’t see weather that warm for months at a time

  11. Mike says:

    We’ve had a two foot snow pack in Boston since mid December.. dont know about the melting early comment

  12. Steve says:

    Well you know what?

    Mine is bigger than yours!

    1. Paul says:

      O ya, Want to fight

  13. Oris says:

    Mike….we have a 60 inch snow pack right now. That is what the melting early comment is about. We retain all of our snow until March/April. Also MNWoman….12 inches of quickly melting snow is alot different than 60 plus inches of quickly melting snow that could happen to us in March/April

  14. Been There—Done That says:

    I lived about 17 miles inland from Boston in the early 80s when I was stationed there on active duty. Boston traffic is frustrating during good weather. Couple that with one of their Nor’easters and you have instant gridlock.

    MN may get more snow during a typical season than New England but it causes more problems back there.

  15. Ben says:

    Hey WCCO, how about publishing that ice fishing story on Lake Waconia from this morning online?

  16. LANG says:

    A Massachusetttian here: This article is timely because my mother and I were just discussing Minnesota in terms of its winters and the logistics of how you deal with all the snow there. Here, since the snow isn’t melting, it is causing a lot of issues with roofs. Many flat roofs structures have collapsed. Even homes with pitched roofs are having issues with ice (gutters/drains iced up) and snow – thus leading to leaking and roof strength issues. To cope with this, people are having their roofs shoveled. I’m 42, lived in NE my whole life, and never remember roofs having to be shoveled before. It is like a whole new industry of roof shoveling is developing this winter (and its wicked expensive to get it done – $500). Are Minnesotan roofs made differently? Do your drains/gutters get iced up too? Is shoveling the snow off of your roofs a common occurance there? – Grafton, MA

    1. Danielle says:

      Lang: Yes we have our roofs shoveled. It costs $1500 for our entire roof to have snow and ice dams removed, and we have an average MN sized house. We have had leaking and ceiling damage this year too. It could be from hail damage that we didn’t have time to get fixed before winter though.

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