This Winter Now One Of The Snowiest On Record In Duluth
If you've thought, "wow, we've gotten a lot of snow this winter, " you're not wrong. We've been trending toward historical territory all season, kicked off by the December 2022 blizzard that brought up to 30 inches to some places in the Northland and now ranks in the top 10 two-day snow events on record for Duluth.
Since then, the hits kept on coming. None quite as large as that December blizzard that kicked off the season, but continued regular snow events to keep ticking toward top 10 winter territory.
For those cheering for history to be made this winter, the target was 110.4 inches. That's the 10th snowiest winter on record for Duluth. It happened back in 1994. If we eclipsed that mark, this winter would make the top 10 in snowiest winters. Well, it just happened this weekend.
Powered by a weekend winter storm that brought up to 17 inches of snow to the region, the Duluth office of the National Weather Service made the announcement that we officially entered the list of 10 snowiest winters on record in Duluth.
The announcement, made late Sunday morning, declared that as of 11:15 am on Sunday, Duluth made it into the snowiest winters club. As of that time on Sunday morning, Duluth had received 114.1 inches of snow this season, which is enough to put us at 9th snowiest winter on record - which spans all the way back to 1885.
Duluth did receive some additional snow throughout the day on Sunday, so we've actually crept a little bit closer to #8 on the list, though the NWS has not provided an update quite yet.
Like it or not, there's another snow event on the way for the end of this week, looking to start off as a rainy/mixed precipitation mess, expected to change to snow and add more to this total.
Of note, we could easily jump up a couple of spots on this list with the next snow event, even if we don't get a ton of snow. Just 7 inches of additional snow this week would put us at 6th snowiest winter on record in Duluth.
To work our way further up the historical rankings (from the amount reported at 11:15 Sunday), here's how much more we need to move up from 9th on the list:
- To take 8th, we need more than 2.8 inches of additional snow
- To take 7th, we need more than 5 inches of additional snow
- To take 6th, we need more than 6.9 inches of additional snow
- To take 5th, we need more than 14.1 inches of snow
- To take 4th, we need more than 15.3 inches of snow
- To take 3rd, we need more than 16.9 inches of snow
- To take 2nd, we need more than 17.7 inches of snow
- To overtake the snowiest winter on record, we need more than 21.3 inches of snow
With a few more weeks of March ahead of us and another snow event on the horizon for the end of the week, some of those numbers look attainable. Add in the chance that snow continues into April, and it isn't out of the question we could see this winter become the snowiest one on record. Granted 21.3 inches is a lot of additional snow that we'd need to get in order to achieve that, but it isn't out of the question.
Regardless of where the season ends, congratulations, you've been living through a historically snowy winter. We're at #9, and counting.