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5 Record-Breaking Minnesota Winter Weather Facts

June 2, 2022
5 Record-Breaking Minnesota Winter Weather Facts
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Every business in the state knows that Minnesota winter weather can be rough. The cold temperatures, the snowfall, and the wind all cause trouble for businesses across St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester and beyond just trying to keep their doors open.

At Earth Development, we provide those businesses with reliable and convenient relief from the Minnesota winter in the form of snow removal and ice removal services. We also provide great advice and resources right here on our website.

Today, we’re taking a look at five record-breaking Minneapolis & Minnesota winter weather facts that might remind you to start preparing for winter 2021-2022.

Coldest Ever Temperature

It has been more than 25 years since the temperature in Minnesota hit its lowest ever. On February 2, 1996, Embarrass Valley was hit by a sweeping cold snap that saw temperatures drop to 60 degrees below zero overnight. The coldest winter in Minnesota history started on January 30 and didn’t lay off until February 5, putting the state through its coldest period in recorded history.

Wondering what winter to expect in Minnesota this year? Read Minnesota winter forecast 2021-2022.

Minnesota Coldest Temperatures

Heaviest 24-Hour Snowfall

Two years before Minnesota saw its coldest temperatures, the state saw its largest 24-hour snowfall.

On January 7, 1994, the Finland region of Minnesota saw 36 inches of snowfall in just 24 hours.

Deepest Snow Piles

During this same period as the heaviest 24-hour snowfall, the region saw the maximum single storm snowfall, with 46.5 inches recorded.

In May of 2013, the state also saw an unprecedented 18” of snow in May, a time when winter weather is not uncommon but such a huge amount of snowfall is exceptionally rare.

Snow Piles Minnesota Winter Facts

Worst Recorded Blizzard

The worst recorded blizzard in Minnesota history occurred on November 12, 1940. The Armistice Day Blizzard, also known as the Armistice Day Storm, wreaked havoc in the Midwestern United States, spanning 1,000 miles and sweeping across the country from Michigan to Kansas, hitting Minnesota along the way.

Worst Measured Cold Winds

Winter came early in 2011 when cold gusts swept through Kittson county. Speeds reached 121 mph, causing destruction throughout the region.

The winds lasted through the fall and into winter, too – which, combined with heavy snow, makes some pretty extreme conditions.

Minnesota Winter Facts

Earth Development Loves Winter

Winter is tough for businesses, but we love it. At Earth Development, we have teams of local snow removal experts ready to help you manage Minnesota’s winter temperatures with affordable snow removal and ice management plans that are customizable and designed to suit you.

We’ll help you prepare your business for the 2021-2022 winter season, and when you hire one of our local teams you can rest assured that your outdoor surfaces will be tended to before, during, and after adverse winter weather.

For a free quote and consultation, call your local Earth Development team today!

Eddy Zakes
Eddy is a distinguished expert in the snow removal and landscaping industry, boasting over 20 years of experience. As an Advanced Snow Manager certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), he is dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards. His strong commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of improvement makes him a trusted voice in the snow removal and landscaping.
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The amount of snow Minnesota gets each winter fluctuates, but it’s typically safe to expect a consistent amount throughout the winter months. Last year, did you have enough space on your property to store plowed snow?