The first snow storm of the cold season just dumped a pretty large amount of snow on parts of the area. Despite the metro getting more than 12 straight hours of falling snow, not much actually stuck thanks to our very warm ground and temperatures largely staying just above freezing. But parts of northern Minnesota weren't so lucky. Heavy snowfall rates overcame warm ground temperatures and allowed air temps to sink to the freeze mark, and the snows piled up quickly. Duluth received 10.6” of snow on Friday October 27th, which is now the most snow that has ever fallen in a calendar day in October in the city since records began nearly 150 years ago. The old record was right at 10” back in 1933. Plenty of folks in northern Minnesota received more than half of foot of the white stuff, but there isn’t much that still remains. Some areas still have several inches of snow on the ground, but with soil temperatures still quite mild and temperatures climbing above freezing this afternoon, whatever happens to be left on the ground likely won’t stick around real long.
Despite the lack of heavy snow in the metro, the tenth of an inch recorded at MSP Airport is the first measurable snow in the month of October since 2009. Parts of the metro though did record more than 2 inches of the heavy wet slop, but once again, very little if any still remained when waking up Saturday morning.