Top Twenty Snowfalls in Twin Cities History: 1891-2016

The prospect of a large snowstorm often gets people wondering about where the event will stand historically. So, what does it take to make the all-time top-20 for the Twin Cities?

Below we have listed the 20 largest continuous snowfall events on record in the Twin Cities, using data back to 1891. Many of these storms were multi-day affairs. Some, like the Armistice Day Storm and the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, were produced by massive and intense areas of low pressure and were accompanied by howling and even damaging winds. Others, like the March 8-9, 1999 surprise, had a softer touch. But many of these storms live in some sort of infamy, like the blizzard of December 10-11, 2010, which will be remembered by many as the third and final "domebuster" snowstorm, resulting in significant damage to the roof of the former Metrodome. We will update this list as new snowstorms replace older ones.

Top Twenty Snowfalls in the Twin Cities: 1891-2016

Top Twenty Snowfalls for Twin Cities

1.  28.4 inches: 1991 October 31 - November 3 (Halloween Blizzard)
2.  21.1 inches: 1985 November 29 - December 1 
3.  20.0 inches: 1982 January 22 - 23
4.  17.4 inches: 1982 January 20 - 21
5.  17.1 inches: 2010 December 10 - 11
6.  16.8 inches: 1940 November 11 - 12  (Armistice Day)
7.  16.7 inches: 1985 March 3 - 4
7.  16.7 inches: 1940 March 11 - 14 (tie)
9.  16.5 inches: 1982 December 27 - 28
10. 16.0 inches: 1917 January 20 - 21
10. 16.0 inches: 1999 March 8 - 9 (tie)
12. 14.7 inches: 1985 March 31
13. 14.3 inches: 1991 November 29 - 30
14. 14.1 inches: 1952 March 22 -23
15. 13.8 inches: 2011 February 20-21
16. 13.6 inches: 1966 March 22-23
16. 13.6 inches: 1983 April 14 (tie)
18. 13.0 inches: 1907 April 27-28
19. 12.9 inches: 1908 December 16-18
19. 12.9 inches: 1962 March 10-13 (tie)
Last modified: February 21, 2017
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