Minnesota breached a February snowfall record, and as of Tuesday morning, the the National Weather Service says Twin Cities residents face a chilly March.
On Feb. 20, a powerful winter storm brought between 6 and 12 inches of snow to Minnesota. The storm broke the state's February snow record at noon, according to the National Weather Service. The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport tweeted that it had to close Feb. 20. The airport employed 110 pieces of equipment on the airfield to remove the snow.
Here’s how the record compared to other record-setting Februarys in the Twin Cities area.
- 31.7 inches in 2019
- 26.5 inches in 1962
- 24.2 inches in 1909
- 23.7 inches in 1967
- 19.7 inches in 2004 and 1936
- 18.4 inches in 2014
- 17.8 inches in 1893
- 17.3 inches in 1989
- 16.5 inches in 2001
Just days later, the storm was followed by snow and whiteout conditions Feb. 23 and 24. The weekend snowfall closed Interstate 35W all the way from the Iowa border to Owatonna, Minnesota, tweeted MnDOT. Minnesota State Troopers helped with vehicle removal during the process, as slippery sections of the interstate began to open once again.
The National Weather Service tweeted on Feb. 25 that below-normal temperatures are forecast for the U.S. through the first two weeks of March.