MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s official. This is the snowiest February ever recorded in the Twin Cities.

By noontime Wednesday, the snowstorm swirling over Minnesota had dumped 7.8 inches on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where the metro’s official snow totals are measured.

The Wednesday morning snow put the Twin Cities over 26.5 inches of snow, all-time the February snow record set back in 1962. The metro is now at 30.4 inches of snow, and counting. (By the way, the last time Minnesota saw over 30 inches of snow in a single month, the Metrodome roof collapsed.)

Indeed, the snow was so heavy at the airport Wednesday that it had to close all of its runways temporarily until conditions improved, prompting delays. As of writing, only one runway is open.

Just the threat of another snowstorm Wednesday prompted hundreds of schools across Minnesota to cancel or delay classes. Among the districts that closed schools were Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools.

The heaviest snow hit the Twin Cities during the morning rush and lasted for hours. Commuters had to deal with snow-covered roads and low visibility. Metro Transit reported bus delays, and the Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 300 crashes and spinouts on state roads.

The snowstorm is expected to leave the Twin Cities with up to 10 inches of snow by Wednesday evening.

Already, both Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow emergencies, with rules slated to go into effect Wednesday night.

Looking ahead, there’s no snow-melting warmup in the future. Only more snow.

Light snow is expected in the Twin Cities Friday and another significant snowstorm (possibly even bigger than Wednesday’s) is tracking toward central Minnesota on Saturday.

According to meteorologist Matt Brickman, this February is already one of the top 10 snowiest months the Twin Cities has ever seen. Additionally, if about seven more inches of snow falls in the next eight days, this month will be the snowiest the metro has experienced in more than 30 years.

As for the all-time monthly snowfall record, that’s unlikely to be broken. That record was set in the wake of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, when 46.9 inches of snow was recorded that November.

Comments (9)
  1. Bruce Burk says:

    So what was the cause of so much snow in 1962 that created a record that stood nearly 60 years? (crickets chirping)

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