Heavy Snow: December 16-17, 2016

Sign Outside the Waseca Weather Station
Sign Outside the Waseca Weather Station
Courtesy: Minnesota State Climatology Office

 

Increasing the odds of a White Christmas, a long duration snow event swept across Minnesota on December 17-18, 2016

The cold peaked in the morning hours of Sunday December 18th, with temperatures falling into the -10s and -20s F across virually all of Minnesota. The lowest temperature in the state was -xx F, at XXX. Unlike many cold outbreaks, which rely on calm conditions and "radiational cooling," this one was ushered in by strong winds. As a result, many areas had windchills in the -30s and -40s on Sunday morning.

As cold as it was, there was nothing extrarodinary about this episode. In the Twin Cities, the low temperature of -xx F was X degrees shy of the record low forDecember 18th, and tied for just the xxth coldest December temperature on record. Another long-record stationThe cooperative observer in Milan, in west-central Minnesota recorded a low of -xx, which also was not a record and tied for the xth coldest reading at that location

Coldest December daily low temperatures, Twin Cities
Low Temperature OccurrencesMost recent date
-39 F112/25/1879
-31 F112/24/1872
-29 F112/19/1983
-27 F612/26/1996
-25 F212/24/1983
-24 F812/23/1990
-23 F412/31/1976
-22 F1012/25/1996
-21 F312/19/1955
-20 F1612/20/1989
-19 F1912/30/1976
-18 F1512/20/1996

 

 

 

 

Last modified: December 19, 2016
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