First One Inch Snowfall and Snow Cover in Twin Cities

The first one inch or more snowfall in 1991 was October 31st with 8.2 inches.
The first one inch or more snowfall in 1991 was October 31st with 8.2 inches.
Courtesy: MNDNR State Climatology Office

 

First one-inch snowfall
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Median    (1884-2015) November 16
earliest  (1884-2015) September 26, 1942
latest    (1884-2015) January 9, 1945

First one-inch snow depth
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Median    (1903-2015) November 22
earliest  (1903-2015) October 13, 1959
latest    (1903-2015) January 1, 1913


Earliest 1 inch snowfall (season) 
(From 1884-2015)
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1.)  Sep 26, 1942	(42-43)
2.)  Oct 10, 1977	(77-78)
3.)  Oct 12, 1959	(59-60)
4.)  Oct 12, 1969	(69-70) 
5.)  Oct 12, 2009       (09-10) Tie
6.)  Oct 18, 1925	(25-26)
7.)  Oct 18, 1976	(76-77) Tie
8.)  Oct 19, 1916	(16-17)
9.)  Oct 23, 1938	(38-39)
10.) Oct 27, 1919	(19-20)

Earliest 1 inch snow depth (season)* 
(From 1903-2015)
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1.)  Oct 13, 1959	(59-60)
2.)  Oct 13, 1969	(69-70) Tie
3.)  Oct 19, 1916	(16-17)
4.)  Oct 22, 1925	(25-26)
5.)  Oct 23, 1938	(38-39)
6.)  Oct 25, 1905	(05-06)
7.)  Oct 27, 1919	(19-20)
8.)  Oct 29, 1913	(13-14)
9.)  Oct 29, 1929	(29-30) Tie
10.) Oct 30, 1955	(55-56) 


Latest 1 inch snowfall  (season) 
(From 1884-2015)
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1.)  Jan 21 2005        (04-05)
2.)  Jan 9, 1945        (44-45)
3.)  Jan 6, 1981        (80-81)
4.)  Jan 1, 1914        (13-14)
5.)  Dec 30, 1918	(18-19)
6.)  Dec 26, 1904	(04-05)
7.)  Dec 24, 1888       (88-89)
8.)  Dec 21, 1920	(20-21)
9.)  Dec 21, 2006	(06-07) Tie
10.)  Dec 20, 1998	(98-99)


Latest 1 inch snow depth (season)* 
(From 1903-2015)
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1.)  Jan 1, 1913        (12-13)
2.)  Dec 27, 1918	(18-19)
3.)  Dec 26, 1904	(04-05)
4.)  Dec 24, 1960	(60-61)
5.)  Dec 22, 2006	(06-07)
6.)  Dec 21, 1920	(20-21)
7.)  Dec 20, 1914       (14-15) 
8.)  Dec 20, 1998	(98-99) Tie
9.)  Dec 19, 1939       (39-40)
10.) Dec 19, 1999	(99-00) Tie


*observation time varies over the years from 8pm to 6:30 pm through 1949, 
to 6:30 am for years after 1949. From the winter of 2000-01 to 2003-04 the
values are from the Chanhassen Nationa Weather Service.The measuring site 
moved back to the Twin Cities International Airport beginning in the 2004-05 snow season.

YEAR-BY-YEAR
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Snowfall and Snow Depth data for Twin Cities... First Inch 
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Date of first   Amount of  Date of      Amount   Time
1 inch snow	Snow       first 1      of snow  of 
                           inch depth	depth	 observation 
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Nov 22, 1884	4.7 
Dec 04, 1885	3.0
Nov 16, 1886	4.0
Nov 24, 1887	1.4
Dec 24, 1888	1.5
Nov 14, 1889	1.5
Nov 08, 1890	2.0
Nov 11, 1891	1.5					
Nov 07, 1892	1.5					
Nov 21, 1893	2.7					
Dec 16, 1894	2					
Nov 25, 1895	1.5					
Nov 09, 1896	2.5					
Nov 26, 1897	1.7					
Nov 21, 1898	4				
Nov 12, 1899	1					
Nov 16, 1900	2					
Nov 03, 1901	2.2					
Nov 14, 1902	1					
Nov 12, 1903	1	Nov 22, 1903	1.0	8:00 pm			
Dec 26, 1904	1	Dec 26, 1904	1.0	8:00 pm	
Oct 29, 1905	5.5	Oct 25, 1905	5.5	7:00 pm
Dec 06, 1906	2.5	Dec 16, 1906	1.8	7:00 pm
Dec 13, 1907	1.2	Dec 13, 1907	1.2	7:00 pm
Dec 16, 1908	2	Dec 16, 1908	1.4	7:00 pm
Nov 16, 1909	10.5	Nov 16, 1909	10.5	7:00 pm
Nov 04, 1910	1	Nov 14, 1910	1.2	7:00 pm
Nov 14, 1911	1.2	Nov 14, 1911	1.3	7:00 pm
Dec 03, 1912	3	Dec 05, 1912	2.5	7:00 pm
Jan 01, 1914	4	Jan 01, 1914	4	7:00 pm
Dec 07, 1914	1.1	Dec 20, 1914	1.4	7:00 pm
Nov 13, 1915	1.7	Nov 13, 1915	1.7	7:00 pm
Oct 19, 1916	1.3	Oct 19, 1916	1	7:00 pm
Dec 04, 1917	2.5	Dec 04, 1917	2.2	7:00 pm
Dec 30, 1918	1.4	Dec 27, 1918	1.3	7:00 pm
Oct 27, 1919	2.6	Oct 27, 1919	2.6	7:00 pm
Dec 21, 1920	5.3	Dec 21, 1920	5.3	7:00 pm
Nov 07, 1921	2.5	Nov 07, 1921	2.5	7:00 pm
Dec 14, 1922	1.5	Dec 14, 1922	1.5	7:00 pm
Nov 22, 1923	1	Nov 22, 1923	1	7:00 pm
Nov 07, 1924	3	Nov 07, 1924	2.5	7:00 pm
Oct 18, 1925	1	Nov 30, 1925	3.3	7:00 pm
Nov 18, 1926	1.4	Nov 18, 1926	1.9	7:00 pm
Nov 14, 1927	1	Nov 14, 1927	1	7:00 pm
Dec 03, 1928	1.4	Dec 03, 1928	1.3	7:00 pm
Oct 29, 1929	1.9	Nov 24, 1929	1.3	7:00 pm
Nov 25, 1930	3.2	Nov 25, 1930	3.5	7:00 pm
Dec 05, 1931	1.2	Dec 05, 1931	1.2	7:00 pm
Oct 31, 1932	1.4	Dec 04, 1932	1	7:00 pm
Nov 05, 1933	2.2	Nov 05, 1933	1.8	7:00 pm
Nov 30, 1934	8	Nov 30, 1934	8	7:00 pm
Dec 12, 1935	1	Nov 28, 1935	1.4	7:00 pm
Nov 26, 1936	1.5	Nov 26, 1936	1.3	7:00 pm
Nov 18, 1937	1.2	Nov 18, 1937	1	6:30 pm
Oct 23, 1938	1.4	Oct 23, 1938	1	6:30 pm
Dec 19, 1939	4.6	Dec 19, 1939	3.5	6:30 pm
Nov 11, 1940	8.2	Nov 11, 1940	8.2	6:30 pm
Nov 01, 1941	3.6	Nov 01, 1941	1.5	6:30 pm
Sep 26, 1942	1.7	Dec 15, 1942	1.5	6:30 pm
Nov 07, 1943	1.1	Nov 08, 1943	6	6:30 pm
Jan 09, 1945	2.0	Nov 29, 1944	1.2	6:30 pm
Nov 08, 1945	1.2	Nov 08, 1945	1.2	6:30 pm
Nov 10, 1946	2.1	Nov 24, 1946	1.5	6:30 pm
Nov 07, 1947	4.2	Nov 07, 1947	3.5	6:30 pm
Nov 20, 1948	1.2	Nov 20, 1948	1	6:30 pm
Nov 16, 1949	1	Nov 24, 1949	1	6:30 pm
Nov 16, 1950	1.1	Nov 22, 1950	1	6:30 am
Nov 03, 1951	4.2	Nov 03, 1951	4	6:30 am
Nov 25, 1952	5.3	Nov 25, 1952	2	6:30 am
Nov 21, 1953	1.5	Nov 22, 1953	1	6:30 am
Nov 26, 1954	2.4	Nov 02, 1954	1	6:30 am
Oct 29, 1955	2.2	Oct 30, 1955	1	6:30 am
Nov 15, 1956	5.1	Nov 16, 1956	5	6:30 am
Nov 18, 1957	7.6	Nov 09, 1957	1	6:30 am
Nov 23, 1958	2.6	Nov 24, 1958	2	6:30 am
Oct 12, 1959	2	Oct 13, 1959	1	6:30 am
Nov 17, 1960	1.6	Dec 24, 1960	1	6:30 am
Nov 22, 1961	1.5	Nov 22, 1961	1	6:30 am
Nov 23, 1962	5.6	Nov 23, 1962	1	6:30 am
Dec 02, 1963	1.4	Dec 03, 1963	1	6:30 am
Nov 27, 1964	3	Nov 26, 1964	1	6:30 am
Nov 26, 1965	1.3	Nov 27, 1965	1	6:30 am
Nov 11, 1966	2.2	Nov 10, 1966	1	6:30 am
Dec 09, 1967	1.3	Dec 10, 1967	1	6:30 am
Nov 16, 1968	1.4	Nov 17, 1968	1	6:30 am
Oct 12, 1969	2	Oct 13, 1969	1	6:30 am
Nov 26, 1970	5	Nov 26, 1970	1	6:30 am
Nov 23, 1971	2.8	Nov 23, 1971	3	6:30 am
Dec 01, 1972	1.5	Dec 01, 1972	1	6:30 am
Dec 04, 1973	3.2	Dec 04, 1973	3	6:30 am
Nov 26, 1974	1	Nov 27, 1974	1	6:30 am
Nov 09, 1975	2	Nov 21, 1975	7	6:30 am
Oct 18, 1976	1.3	Dec 03, 1976	2	6:30 am
Oct 10, 1977	2.5	Nov 10, 1977	1	6:30 am
Nov 12, 1978	1.6	Nov 12, 1978	1	6:30 am
Nov 09, 1979	1.3	Nov 09, 1979	1	6:30 am
Jan 06, 1981	1	Dec 08, 1980	1	6:30 am
Nov 18, 1981	4.2	Nov 19, 1981	8	6:30 am
Nov 12, 1982	1.2	Nov 14, 1982	1	6:30 am
Nov 09, 1983	4.5	Nov 24, 1983	10	6:30 am
Nov 27, 1984	2	Nov 28, 1984	1	6:30 am
Nov 09, 1985	1.1	Nov 09, 1985	1	6:30 am
Nov 18, 1986	1.6	Nov 11, 1986	1	6:30 am
Nov 17, 1987	1.6	Nov 18, 1987	1	6:30 am
Nov 05, 1988	2.9	Nov 06, 1988	3	6:30 am
Nov 03, 1989	1	Nov 04, 1989	1	6:30 am
Nov 03, 1990	2.9	Nov 04, 1990	1	6:30 am
Oct 31, 1991	8.2	Nov 01, 1991	14	6:30 am
Nov 01, 1992	2.5	Nov 02, 1992	4	6:30 am
Nov 05, 1993	1.5	Nov 05, 1993	1	6:30 am
Nov 27, 1994	4.8	Nov 28, 1994	5	6:30 am
Nov 01, 1995	1.6	Nov 01, 1995	1	6:30 am
Nov 15, 1996	1.7	Nov 15, 1996	1	6:30 am
Nov 02, 1997	1	Nov 13, 1997	1	6:30 am
Dec 20, 1998	2.0	Dec 20, 1998	1	6:30 am
Dec 19, 1999	2.3	Dec 19, 1999	2	6:30 am
Nov 07, 2000	1.2	Nov 08, 2000	1	6:30 am
Nov 26, 2001	5.9	Nov 27, 2001	8	6:30 am
Dec 04, 2002	1.5     Dec 04, 2002	1       6:30 am
Nov 03, 2003	1.4     Nov 23, 2003	1       6:30 am
Jan 21, 2005	5.5     Nov 28, 2004	1       6:30 am
Nov 25, 2005	2.1     Nov 16, 2005	1       6:30 am     
Dec 21, 2006	1.0     Dec 22, 2006	1       6:30 am
Dec 01, 2007	4.5     Dec 02, 2007	4       6:30 am
Nov 07, 2008	1.1     Nov 22, 2008	1       6:30 am
Oct 12, 2009	2.5     Oct 12, 2009	1       6:30 am
Nov 13, 2010	7.7     Nov 13, 2010	1       6:30 am
Nov 19, 2011	3.0     Nov 20, 2011	3       6:30 am
Dec 09, 2012	10.5    Nov 23, 2012	1       6:30 am
Dec 04, 2013	4.1     Dec 04, 2013	1       6:30 am
Nov 10, 2014	2.6     Nov 10, 2014	1       6:30 am
Nov 26, 2015    1.3     Nov 27, 2015    1       6:30 am
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Last modified: November 30, 2015
Updated By: Climatology Volunteer Lucas Graunke

 

 

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