THE SUPERBOWL OF WEATHER: February in Minnesota

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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

When it comes to the overall weather picture, February in Minnesota is not the worst weather month of the year. Believe it or not, its not even the coldest of our winter months, that would be January. In fact, the average high temperatures start rising on February 3rd. However, February can be brutal. Before we look at the extremes, lets look at the averages, starting with snowfall. Below is a graph of the average seasonal snowfall broken down by month, and you can clearly see that the least snowiest of the main snow producing months is February.

Actually, the snowiest month is January which will ensure that we have a fresh layer of the white stuff on the ground before the national spotlight hits Minnesota. February has seen some big snow at times, but in general, the flakes really don't fly much during this month. In fact, back in the late 1800's we barely saw a flake at all.

The single snowiest February 4th ever only produced a little of 4" of the white stuff. A far cry from the biggest snowfall in Twin Cities history, the Halloween blizzard back in 1991.

Now on to the thermometer. The chill will definitely be here by February. Below is a look at the averages and extremes, and I do mean extremes.

We saw temps as warm as the 50's and as low as the 30's below. In fact, the all time lowest Wind Chill for the Twin Cities was set back on February 2, 1996. As far as the exact date of February 4th, well, that is not much different.

The good thing about hte new stadium is that it will be easy to predict the temperatures and conditions as it will be all inside. Now you know, go tell your friends and show them just how unique the weather is here in Minnesota. Frazier

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