Several snowfall records have been broken in Duluth area, Minnesota this week as severe storms continue dropping very heavy on the already saturated ground across the southcentral United States.
Duluth area has already broken several snowfall records, NWS office in Duluth said May 9. With 27.6 cm (10.9 inches) by May 9, the city broke its May monthly snowfall record, surpassing 20.5 cm (8.1 inches) recorded in 1954.
May 8 was its single snowiest day in May with 21 cm (8.3 inches) recorded, breaking the previous record of 13.9 cm (5.5 inches) set on May 10, 1902.
Snow continued falling on May 9 with at least 5.8 cm (2.3 inches), breaking the previous record of 0.5 cm (0.2 inches) set on May 9, 1990.
Records in Duluth date back to 1884.
Several snowfall records have already been broken for the Duluth area. The table in the image shows a list of these records. Stay tuned as the Monthly snowfall total and daily snowfall for today (5/9) are likely to change. #mnwx #mnclimate pic.twitter.com/nYbGyV6kZt— NWS Duluth (@NWSduluth) May 9, 2019
The snow caused numerous crashes on the roads across northeastern Minnesota.
Troopers in central MN responding to several crashes (no life threat inj) Troopers currently out w/crashes I-94 Sauk Centre, Albany, St. Joseph and others scattered through the region. Snow is accumulating - driver safely! pic.twitter.com/sbjYwgWb0P— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) May 8, 2019
Troopers out w/several crashes and vehicles that slid off the road requiring Trp/tow assistance. This veh was WB on I-94 east of Albany when it ran off the road. pic.twitter.com/9ExlNRhxE1— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) May 9, 2019
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said snow is not uncommon across Minnesota in May. "While it isn't likely to get heavier amounts of snow during the month of May, it certainly isn't unprecedented."
"Five years ago on May 2, Rochester, Minnesota, received 36.8 cm (14.5 inches) of snow," Rinde said. "That area of heavier snow extended northeastward through western Wisconsin."
Featured image credit: Sgt. Jesse Grabow