Snowfall Could Reach Record Levels This Year

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 6:16 am

We all know it’s been a very “Minnesota” winter so far, but it turns out, snowfall in the Twin Cities could be a record breaker this season.

As of Monday, 59.5 inches had fallen at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen this season. That’s 4.5 inches more than the average total snowfall for the entire winter.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Zaleski says it’s “quite amazing” to be at those levels in mid-January because some of the snowiest months are yet to come.

The current snowfall record for an entire season was set back in 1982-83 when the Twin Cities saw 90 inches.

Zaleski told WCCO that the nearly constant snowfall in January is unusual. He cites the west-to-east jet stream, which is bringing in more weather systems from the Central Pacific and Central Plains states.

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