Winter weather is coming at us like a freight train, much earlier than many of us want. It's not going to be anything like these monsters that have hit us in the past.

It's not unheard of to have snowfall in October in Minnesota, but it's not very common, especially 'record' snowfall. Depending on how old you are, you may remember some of these winter snow storms.

From the Minnesota DNR, here are the top 10 highest accumulations of snow in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas on record:

  1. 28.4 inches: 1991 October 31 - November 3 (Halloween Blizzard)
  2. 21.1 inches: 1985 November 29 - December 1
  3. 20.0 inches: 1982 January 22 - 23
  4. 17.4 inches: 1982 January 20 - 21
  5. 17.1 inches: 2010 December 10 - 11
  6. 16.8 inches: 1940 November 11 - 12 (Armistice Day)
  7. 16.7 inches: 1985 March 3 - 4
  8. 16.7 inches: 1940 March 11 - 14 (tie)
  9. 16.5 inches: 1982 December 27 - 28
  10. 16.0 inches: 1917 January 20 - 21
  11. 16.0 inches: 1999 March 8 - 9 (tie)

These were monstrous storms that shut everything down, leaving us stranded and looking for any available snow blower we could find.

Here's an interesting fact - 1 inch of rain is the equivalent of 13 inches of snow. Considering how much rain we've been getting so far this fall, a foot of snow is totally possible soon!