GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Bottom line is that on October 20, 2020, we got the most snow we've ever seen this early in the season in recorded history.
The snow started early in the day in western Minnesota and reached the metro around 10 a.m. The accumulation started within the next couple hours and the heavy, wet snow didn't wrap up until after sunset.
The snowiest October on record was 8.2 inches set back in 1991. That, of course, was the start of the Halloween blizzard. Yesterday, 7.9" fell, which makes this month the second snowiest October on record so far. Less than half an inch of additional snow this month would give us the top spot.
The 7.9" also of course broke the daily record for October 20, which was previously 3.0" that fell in 1916.
When it comes to the amount of snow days in October, there have been 18 of them since 1883 with 1" or more falling. Four of those were two snowfalls in one month. This is yet another record that's possible for us to beat.
While the total from MSP International goes into the official record, it wasn't the top total from the metro.
Sedan, MN in the central part of the state took the top spot with 10.8"