May Day snow in Minneapolis: 3 inches would set record - KMSP-TV

3 inches of snow would set May record

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Ice out on Lake Mazaska near Faribault, Minn. Photo submitted to by Diane McKenzie. Ice out on Lake Mazaska near Faribault, Minn. Photo submitted to by Diane McKenzie.

May Day mayday! A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the metro area and will last through 10 a.m. Thursday.

The most snow ever recorded for the entire month of May in the Twin Cities is three inches, but it's only happened three times -- and not recently:

- 1892
- 1935
- 1946

The morning rain on transitioned into sprinkling rain and snow flurries by Wednesday afternoon, but the snow is expected to set in during the evening hours and persist into Thursday as morning temperatures remain in the 30s.

Several inches of sloppy, slushy snow are possible by Thursday. The roads are warm, but slush-fall rates will be heavy enough Wednesday night and early Thursday that sloppy roads can be expected.

The weekend will bring a few more rain showers while temperatures climb to the 50s, but sunny and seasonable 60s aren't likely to return until next week.


Five inches of snow is in the forecast for Denver, and nearly three feet of snow is possible in the foothills and mountains of northern Colorado. About a foot of snow is expected at lower elevations in both Colorado and Wyoming.

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MnDOT does not plan to add staff for any plowing, salting or sanding of metro roads for the upcoming snow event. However, plows were out on the road in southwestern Minnesota as heavier snow started falling Wednesday morning.

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