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A strong cold front will likely trigger severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rain on Friday from the Interior Northeast into the eastern Ohio Valley and northern Mid-Atlantic region, especially in New York state and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, in addition to the ongoing heat wave in the West, fire weather concerns are increasing across the Great Basin into the Four Corners region. Read More >

Numerous snowfall records were broken in February.  By February 12th, Eau Claire had already broken the record for the snowiest February, and they continued to demolish the record total with each additional storm.  On February 20th, the Twin Cities and St. Cloud also broke their February snowfall record, and added several more inches to the total through the remainder of the month.   

Eau Claire had so much snow in February that a new record was set for the all-time snowiest month with 53.7". This shattered the previous monthly snowfall record from January of 1929 when 35.3" fell.

Eau Claire also broke the record for the most snow during meteorological winter (December through February) with 73.0" of snow.  The previous record was 61.6" during the winter months of 1996-1997.   

So far for the 2018-2019 season, the snowfall total in Eau Claire is 77.2" as of February 28th, which is the 6th snowiest snow season on record (record is 89.3" during the winter of 1996-1997).  Normal seasonal snowfall is 46.8". 

In the Twin Cities, this has been the 4th all-time snowiest month on record with 39.0", and the 7th snowiest meteorological winter (December through February) with 52.5".  The total snowfall for the 2018-2019 season in the Twin Cities is 56.8" as of February 28th.  The normal snowfall for the season is 54.4", so this season's total is already in excess of the normal snowfall for the entire season.  

 

Below are tables for February snowfall records for the Twin Cities, Eau Claire, and St. Cloud.  

Several daily snowfall records were also broken this month.  Those are listed below the monthly snowfall tables for each site. 

 

Twin Cities, MN

Rank Amount (in.) Year
1 39.0 2019
2 26.5 1962
3 24.2 1909
4 23.7 1967
5 19.7 2004, 1936
7 18.4 2014
8 17.8 1893
9 17.3 1989
10 16.5 2001

 

Daily Snowfall Records Set in the Twin Cities:

February 7th: 5.9"  (previous 4.1" in 2001)
February 10th: 5.9"  (previous 4.3" in 1953)
February 12th: 5.5" (previous 3.2" in 1940 and 1965)
 

 

Eau Claire, WI

Rank Amount (in.) Year
1 53.7 2019
2 28.2 1936
3 27.0 1893
4 24.3 2004
5 21.6 1945
6 20.2 1971
7 18.9 1922
8 18.8 1929
9 18.5 1967
10 18.0 1926

 

Daily Snowfall Records Set in Eau Claire:

February 5th: 7.7" (previous 7.0" in 2019)
February 7th: 4.4" (previous 3.8" in 1981)
February 12th: 9.5" (previous 4.1" in 2000)
February 24th: 11.8" (previous 10.4" in 2017)

 

St. Cloud, MN

Rank Amount (in.) Year
1 27.6 2019
2 21.6 1971
3 21.5 1909
4 20.6 1922
5 20.0 1962
6 19.9 1919
7 19.5 1939
8 18.8 1937
9 17.8 2001
10 16.8 2013