Duluth Snow Also One Of The Biggest May Snowstorms Recorded In MinnesotaBy John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The calendar may say spring, but mother nature has other ideas.

On Wednesday, wet snow piled up in parts of Minnesota, especially Duluth.

“I looked out the window and saw snow. I thought no big deal. A few flurries here and there, but it just kept going through the entire night,” said UMD student Andrew Bantz.

In fact, Duluth broke its snowfall record for a single day in May with 10.6 inches of snow.

The previous record for Duluth was 5.5 inches on May 10, 1902. That’s a 117-year-old record broken.

And it gave UMD student Will Skinner a chance to capture video that fits better with the end of fall semester than spring semester.

“Once you finish up, and are done with finals, it’s nice to head out for the summer,” said Skinner.

And that’s what a lot of students were doing on Thursday — packing up with summer allegedly right around the corner.

Brenda Kobussen drove up Thursday morning from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to help her daughter Sam pack up.

“It was bad, it was snow plows, rain,” explained Kobussen.

Patty Bastian lives in Hermantown and had to wait for county roads to be plowed before she could get to her job at Dunbar Floral and Gifts in Duluth.

“I was late by an hour because of 10 inches of snow,” said Bastian.

It’s a busy time with Prom and Mother’s Day, even with fresh powder on the ground.

“It’s very weird. Very weird. Although not completely unusual,” said Bastian.

This wasn’t just big for Duluth this was also won the biggest May snowstorms ever recorded in our state. The record is 15.4 inches which fell on May 2, 2013 in Dodge Center.


In the Twin Cities, there was just a trace of snow overnight, but that does mean 8 months of measurable snow in the Twin Cities.

Spring temperatures are expected to return, but it’s Minnesota, so you never know.

John Lauritsen

  1. Daniel Bittinat says:

    It is worth noting that the supposed 10″ of snow did not occur in main Duluth (Downtown or Lakeside), but on the hill near the airport. Down in the Lakeside, received maybe 1-2″.