First Widespread Snow of Season, October 14, 2022

Snowy October scene in St. Paul
Snow coats the trees in Como Park in St. Paul on October 14, 2022.
Courtesy: State Climatology Office

There had been flakes and coatings in northern Minnesota already this autumn, but the first widespread accumulating snow of the season produced picturesque morning scenes across all but the southwestern third of the state on Friday October 14, 2022.

The snow fell as an upper-level disturbance associated with cold air moved over the region. The snow fell in bands and waves overnight and into the morning hours. Some of the snow bursts allowed for sticky accumulations on grassy surfaces, fence posts, picnic tables, and on many trees. With vibrant fall colors exploding across much of Minnesota, the snow produced uniquely photogenic landscapes, as the white snow contrasted sharply with the bright orange and red leaves.

Snowfall totals of an inch or more were reported from the central and northern Twin Cities area, through the Arrowhead region. Observers in east-central Minnesota through the Duluth area reported some totals of 2-3 inches, with two inches reported during the morning observation at the Duluth National Weather Service office, and three inches reported in parts of northern Pine County.

This was a relatively early accumulating snow, especially near the Twin Cities. Early snows appear to have little or no bearing on the rest of winter, however.


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