Snowy start to February for a dozen states

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The busy pattern that has brought near record snows to the Twin Cities so far this month continues to dump plenty of powder on other areas as well. 

While the metro has now experienced the fourth snowiest February with about 10 days to go, other spots have already broken their snowy February record.

The closest is Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which has now tallied their snowiest February on record and their seventh snowiest month all time. By the end of the week, the city could easily be experiencing their snowiest month ever. 

It’s similar out west, with parts of Montana in first place on their record charts as well. 

Same goes for the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Mammoth Mountain ski area has already seen nearly 200 inches of snow for the month, with 10 days to go. That’s roughly half of the snow they typically get in an entire season.

Other places from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes have also seen a very snowy month, with Seattle now over 20 inches of snow. They average roughly 5 inches for the whole season. 

A little closer to home, Rochester may be in eighth place now, but it is barely 6 inches away from taking the top spot. It’s a similar scenario in St Cloud, with not even 5 inches to go before grabbing first place. 

Much of our area could hit the top spot by midweek as our next storm system on Wednesday could bring a half a foot of snow to some areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin.