Historic snowfall totals coming to Minneapolis & Minnesota
Admittedly, it’s pretty easy to get record snow in mid-April. It’s easier when you get into totals that could be on par with, or exceed, our previous highest totals of the year.
That’s what we’re looking at. There are still some question marks, but the first step, the rain, is closing in. Here’s a look at the current radar view as of 6:30 a.m.:
As we look ahead, it gets tough to actually navigate the numbers – the snowfall numbers. They’re huge. It’s an unprecedented amount of snow.
Take a peek at this Top 20 snowfall totals list for Minneapolis from the DNR. Look at #17 and #20. Both happened in April, and both are on the very high end of the snowfall totals we’re talking about.
Here’s the forecast map:
We’re going to be mighty close to the 12″+ line of snow, and if you’re saddened when you see that I totally understand. Let’s put that aside and talk about some of the future radar views.
By this evening we could still be seeing rain, but some might start to freeze on surfaces that cool quickly – like metal and bridges.
Later this evening, we’ll start to see some rain change to snow. By around 10 p.m. tonight we could start to see some pretty heavy bands of snow sneaking in. Here’s the future radar:
Fast forward after a night of snow showers and heavy snow to Saturday, midday:
That’s when we’re talking about the heaviest snow on the way. Midday Saturday. We could pick up half our snowfall totals during that span of a few hours.
By midnight to 1 a.m. Sunday morning, we’ll finally start to see the end of the snow sliding in, although it could just tease us as continued very light snow sticks around:
All in all, this is worth staying tuned. Note how close some of the lower totals are to Minneapolis – and how close the higher totals are. Yikes. Either way, we have to have faith that eventually a real spring (or summer) will show up.
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.