Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Latest snowstorm in Minnesota shatters February snowfall record February 21, 2019

My neighbor blows snow from his driveway on Wednesday.


HEY, MINNESOTA, we did it. Yesterday’s winter storm pushed us into the snowiest February ever. The current month’s snow total in the Twin Cities as of noon Wednesday was 30.4 inches. That’s a new record, according to the National Weather Service.



The NWS February snowfall totals for the Twin Cities posted mid-day Wednesday.



This shatters the February record snowfall of 26.5 inches set 57 years ago in 1962.


The forecast on a Twin Cities TV station Wednesday morning predicts more snow.


Snow was still falling Wednesday afternoon into evening, earlier in the day at a rate sometimes reaching two inches an hour. With eight days remaining in the month and forecasts for more snow in upcoming days, that record-shattering 30.4 inches will rise even higher.


Another neighbor shovels her driveway. The amount of snow on the ground, in piles, everywhere, is insane.


Passing by on my street, a white truck in a white landscape.


The City of Faribault did a great job clearing streets in my neighborhood on Wednesday.


Bravo, Minnesota.


I just want the snow to stop, But we still have to get through the rest of February and then March and April.


But now that we’ve claimed the snowiest February ever, can we be done with winter?


Winter beauty from my backyard.


THOUGHTS? I welcome positive comments about winter and snow and waiting for spring. Or I’ll accept congratulations/sympathy on behalf of my state for this new February snowfall record.


© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


23 Responses to “Latest snowstorm in Minnesota shatters February snowfall record”

  1. wow, girl! That’s an Insane amount of snow!! I don’t mind a LITTLE bit of snow. But this! No thank you! I know in the NW, when I lived there, people worried about the amount of snow on their roofs because of the weight. They would actually shovel them! Is that a concern where you are?
    I sure hope it ends soon for you! ❤

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Congratulations are in order! That is a lot of snow for sure and I know that you will be very happy when it finally stops. You may have to stretch that snow forecast into May though as I remember a really huge snow in Iowa a couple of times in May. 🙂 Hang in there, make snow ice cream and remember the white stuff when you are hot this summer.

    • I’ve never made snow ice cream. Have you?

      Yes, we’ve had snow in May. I remember. And last year I missed Izzy’s birthday party because of snow.

      Typically we have 7.7 inches of snow in February. At the end of the day yesterday, our February total stood at 31.5 inches, a bit higher than when I wrote this story. This February now ranks in the top 10 snowiest months ever in Minnesota.

  3. Wow! Wowee! That is a WHOLE Lot of the White Stuff!!! It certainly looks pretty falling in your photos. However, it becomes work/chore when you have to be out in to drive or clear it. Be safe & Stay warm 🙂

    • That’s the thing– we’re all getting weary of the work and the navigating on ice and snow. I can’t even begin to tell you how often our plans have changed this month because of snow and resulting bad roads.

      The other problem: Where do we put all this snow? We are running out of room as snow piles everywhere. When I was shoveling last evening, I could barely toss the snow to the top of existing snow miles. And I’m tall. Some came sliding back down. At ends of driveways, at intersections, it’s a process of nosing into the roadway, hoping your vehicle isn’t hit because you couldn’t see oncoming traffic.

    • It certainly gets old after a while, especially when you know Winter is far from over and know more snow is to come. When the snow piles get that high it becomes a danger for sure. The question is where to put it though and the mystery is where do they really put it. I would like to know the answer to that.

      • Every city, I think, has a designated place to pile snow. In Faribault, it used to be near the viaduct. That area is now a parking lot for a restaurant. It wasn’t the best location given it was near the river. Think salt and sand. I have no idea where the city piles snow now.

  4. Almost Iowa Says:

    Our local TV weather forecaster said that the all time snowiest month for our area was 42 inches. The all time snowiest month for Minnesota came in March, 1965 at Collegeville. 66 inches.

    Some records, you just don’t want to break.

    I got a call from our propane distributor, “Uh,” he said, “how much snow you got behind your shed?”

    “Waist deep,” I told him

    “I’m coming out tomorrow. I know you have an in ground tank. You wanna try to find it?”

    All I have to say is, thank heaven for those flag on a stick things they sell at Fleet Farm. Scooter and I ran the snowblower back there and dug it out. Well, Scooter wasn’t much help, but he supervised.

  5. Neil Says:

    With so much beauty right there in your back yard, why would you ever want it to end? Just kidding! The law of diminishing returns does hold true, and I know all too well that you’ve had too much of a good thing. It’s nice to have bragging rights, but truly, it’s a record that provides small cause for envy!

  6. I guess I can haul my skis out of storage in March instead of the kayak…😬

  7. You know that I have nothing but good to say about this beautiful winter. Love everything about it! Spring will come when it comes, but it is still winter so for now I will enjoy it.

    • I admire your appreciative attitude toward winter. I simply cannot get there, especially this year. Snow removal, plans always changed by the weather, etc. make this winter especially difficult for me to like. Randy was atop the house and garage roofs again last evening, shoveling snow for nearly two hours. And he’s still not done.

  8. Valerie Says:

    I’m not sure if I’m proud of this Minnesota record! HA

  9. Sartenada Says:

    Lot of now even in my Finnish eyes. Happy Sunday!

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