Unusual October snow

Our unusual October snow has been subject of disgust and discontent as of late with record and near record snowfall amounts being set. Saturday’s snowfall of 0.9″ at the St. Cloud Airport set a daily snowfall record, but Monday’s snowfall of 1.6″ was 2.0″ shy of a record for the 12th of October. Regardless of the amount, it’s a little unusual to see snow this early in the season. We’ve only seen three other dates with measurable snow earlier than yesterday:

1.) 0.2″ on September 21, 1995
2.) 0.4″ on October 9, 1970
3.) 0.9″ on October 10, 2009
4.) 3.6″ on October 12, 1969 & 1.6″ on October 12, 2009

Here are some totals from Monday’s snow event:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
335 PM CDT MON OCT 12 2009

…EARLY OCTOBER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS – UPDATED…

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW…AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES…THEN BY AMOUNT…AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.


SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
—— ———————– — ————– ——-
4.20 ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 1100 AM
U OF MN ST PAUL CAMPUS
4.00 4 SSE SILVER CREEK MN WRIGHT 0955 AM
3.60 2 N CHASKA MN CARVER 1100 AM
3.60 WOODBURY MN WASHINGTON 0334 PM
3.50 LAKEVILLE MN DAKOTA 0213 PM
3.50 WACONIA MN CARVER 1115 AM
3.50 MAPLEWOOD MN RAMSEY 1100 AM
3.50 STILLWATER MN WASHINGTON 1100 AM
3.50 NORTH ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 1035 AM
3.00 RIDGELAND WI DUNN 0250 PM
3.00 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0115 PM
3.00 PLYMOUTH MN HENNEPIN 1150 AM
2.80 PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 1100 AM
2.60 1 SSW JORDAN MN SCOTT 0800 AM
2.60 WACONIA MN CARVER 0715 AM
2.50 MENOMONIE WI DUNN 0115 PM
2.50 GENEVA MN FREEBORN 1248 PM
2.50 WILLMAR MN KANDIYOHI 0800 AM
2.50 MENOMONIE WI DUNN 0700 AM
2.50 BOYD MN LAC QUI PARLE 0700 AM
2.50 HAMBURG MN CARVER 0700 AM
2.40 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 1248 PM
2.30 FRIDLEY MN ANOKA 0930 AM
2.30 DASSEL MN MEEKER 0700 AM
2.20 CLAYTON WI POLK 1027 AM
2.20 3 SE LAKE ELMO MN WASHINGTON 0800 AM
2.10 ROBERTS WI ST. CROIX 0700 AM
2.00 SAUK RAPIDS MN BENTON 1058 AM
2.00 PLYMOUTH MN HENNEPIN 0715 AM
2.00 CHASKA MN CARVER 0700 AM
2.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0700 AM
1.80 MORRIS MN STEVENS 0700 AM
1.60 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 0115 PM
1.50 WATERVILLE MN LE SUEUR 1000 AM
1.50 1 SE HENDERSON MN LE SUEUR 0800 AM
1.50 GAYLORD MN SIBLEY 0700 AM
1.50 BLOOMER WI CHIPPEWA 0700 AM
1.40 HAMMOND WI ST. CROIX 0700 AM
1.30 ST CLOUD MN STEARNS 0800 AM
STATE UNIVERSITY
1.20 CAMERON WI BARRON 1130 AM
1.20 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 1015 AM
1.20 2 SW ST PAUL MN RAMSEY 0832 AM
1.20 RUSH CITY MN CHISAGO 0700 AM
1.00 MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 1248 PM
1.00 WINNEBAGO MN FARIBAULT 0800 AM
1.00 OWATONNA MN STEELE 0800 AM
1.00 MORGAN MN REDWOOD 0715 AM
1.00 MELROSE MN STEARNS 0700 AM
1.00 SPRINGFIELD MN BROWN 0700 AM
1.00 BALDWIN WI ST. CROIX 0700 AM
0.80 RICE MN BENTON 0700 AM
0.70 MILACA MN MILLE LACS 0700 AM


The rest of the week looks to stay unsettled with more scattered snow and light rain showers. Here’s the weather map for Thursday afternoon – note how most of the moisture stay west of the the area.

October Numbers:
Temperatures so far through the first 12 days of the month are running nearly 9.0 degrees cooler than average and almost 2.8″ above normal precipitation.

Todd’s Outlook for greater St. Cloud

Tuesday: Mix of clouds and sun and cold. High: 40

Tuesday Night: Increasing clouds, slight chance of light snow developing. Low: 31

Wednesday: Light rain/snow mix possible. High: 40

Thursday: Slight chance of spotty light rain showers. (possibly mixed with wet snow north of Brainerd). High: 41

Friday: Mostly cloudy with spotty rain showers, still cold. High: 45

Saturday: Brighter and warmer: High near 50

Sunday: Sunny, even warmer. High mid 50’s

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