Top Twenty Snowfalls in Twin Cities History: 1891-2014

Here's the the top twenty snowfalls for the Twin Cities from 1891 to 2014. Some of the storms were massive areas of low pressure that brought blizzard conditions such as the Armistice Day Storm, and some were more gentle affairs like March 8-9, 1999. The largest single storm total is 28.4 inches with the 1991 Halloween storm. There are two top twenty snowfalls for the Twin Cities for the winter of 2010-2011 (so far): The snowstorm of December 10-11, 2010 is the fifth largest, and the snowstorm of February 20-21, 2011 is in fifteenth place and is the only February snowstorm on the list.

Top Twenty Snowfalls in the Twin Cities: 1891-2014

Top Twenty Largest 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 20, 2014
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