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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Sometimes it snows in April in Minnesota, so we’re replying all to questions about April snow in Minnesota.

Biggest April Snowstorm?

The biggest Twin Cities April snow was April 13 and 14, 1983. The airport measured 13.6 inches of snow during that storm 30 years ago.

It snowed so hard, it sliced the Metrodome’s roof, causing the staff to turn off the blowers and deflate the dome to avoid a larger tear. Four hundred schools closed. Mail delivery to homes was stopped.

Top April Snowstorms?

April 13-14, 1983 — 13.6 inches
April 27-28, 1907 – 13 inches
April 19-21, 1893 – 10 inches

Least snowy Aprils?

2010 — No snow
2005 — Trace
1946 — 0.1”
1921 — 0.1”

Snowiest Aprils?

1983 — 21.8 inches
2002 — 20 inches
1928 — 16.9 inches
1907 — 13 inches
1893 — 13 inches

When’s the latest we’ve had a large April snow?

April 29, 1984 — 6.6 inches

How long does April snow take to melt?

It’s all about the sun angle. Right now, the sun is similar to what we see at the end of August to early September, so even if it doesn’t get super-warm, the sun’s rays are powerful melters.

Even a foot should be gone within two or three days, according to WCCO-TV chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer.

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