The snow drought continues across much of Minnesota, especially in the Mississippi Headwaters area. The photo above was snapped during a 100 acre cattail fire on January 17, 2007 near Steamboat Bay of Leech Lake. Note the absence of snow in the photo. Some snow has fallen since this photo was taken. On February 18th Leech Lake Dam was reporting 5 inches on the ground. The median snow depth for February 18th in Leech Lake is about 16 inches.
The snow drought is the most prevalent from the Twin Cities northward, but even in southern Minnesota the total seasonal snowfall to date falls short of the historical normal.
Snowfall Season Season Through Normal by Departure Station February 19 February 19 February 19 Duluth 23.9 inches 59.2 inches -35.3 inches International Falls 21.7 inches 52.4 inches -30.7 inches Fargo 14.5 inches 28.2 inches -13.7 inches Grand Forks 14.7 inches 33.1 inches -18.4 inches La Crosse 12.9 inches 24.3 inches -11.4 inches Minneapolis/St. Paul 12.2 inches 39.6 inches -27.4 inches Rochester 21.0 inches 29.3 inches -8.3 inches Saint Cloud 6.8 inches 33.6 inches -26.8 inches Sioux Falls 28.6 inches 37.1 inches -8.5 inches