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Minnesota Snow Could Break Records

May 1, 2013

By The Saint Paul Pioneer Press

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Yes, it`s probably going to happen. Again.

On May 5, 1991, the Twin Cities were graced with 0.3 inches of snow -- it was the last recorded May snowfall accumulation, according to the Minnesota Climatology Office. And if the latest projections hold true, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 will take its place.

Between 2 and 4 inches of snow is expected in the metro area late Wednesday, with an outside chance of an additional inch of accumulation Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The last time the Twin Cities had more than an inch of snow accumulation in May was 1976, when 1.2 inches fell on May 2. But the kind of snowfall that completely buries the now-tantalizingly green grass last fell on May 11-12, 1946; May 1, 1935; and May 20, 1892 -- 3 inches of snow fell on those dates, the climatology office said.

But those figures are dwarfed by the record set near Leonard in Clearwater County in 1954, when a solid foot of snow was recorded at a weather station 8 miles northeast of Leonard, or roughly 20 miles south of Lower Red Lake.

The snow accumulation will be accompanied by daytime high temperatures in the low-40s, sleet and rain. Accumulation totals will depend heavily on how much of the snow melts on contact with the ground.

And while the snow will taper off, the low temperatures will not. Highs above 60 degrees are not anticipated until early next week, according to the weather service.

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Copyright Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN) 2013

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Story image: Workers hose down snow from a deck with hot water at Target Field prior to the start of the first game of a day/night baseball double header between the Minnesota Twins and the Miami Marlins Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minn. AP Photo/Jim Mone

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