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117-year-old May snowfall record broken in Minnesota

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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.

The snow caused numerous crashes on the roads across northeastern Minnesota.

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

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