All at once. That’s how winter seems to be hitting Southeast Minnesota.
From Oct. 1 through Jan. 16, Rochester received only 15.3 inches of snow. Since then, 18.5 inches of snow were recorded in the last two weeks of January and another 10.5 inches through Sunday. That’s nearly twice as much snow in less than a month than the whole rest of the winter before then.
And the snow just keeps on coming.
Tonight, the National Weather Service in La Crosse predicts anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow. Tuesday, another 1 to 3 inches of snow. Tuesday night? It might snow.
After taking the day off Wednesday, the NWS sees, you guessed it, more snow coming from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. And Saturday, there’s a slight chance of snow.
While this snow has been spread over two calendar months, it’s been the last half of one month, and the first half of the next month.
So far, in that time, Rochester has seen 29 inches of snow. The “month” we’re in doesn’t end until Saturday or Sunday – depending if this month has 30 or 31 days.
But even if Rochester only gets the low-end estimates for tonight and tomorrow, that’ll bring the total to 34 inches. The high end would put the “month” at 40 inches, just a hair below the highest snowfall month in Rochester’s history, the 41.3 inches that fell in December 2010.
Of course, more snow is expected through Saturday, so that “record” is in jeopardy.
All this only relates to the snow, and doesn’t even touch the record cold days that have chilled Rochester during this time.