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October Snow Sets Records for Some, and More Is on the Way | The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel logoThe Weather Channel 10/24/2020 Jonathan Erdman

Snow that has blanketed parts of the northern Rockies, northern Plains, upper Midwest and northern New England set October records in multiple locations, and more snow is on the way through early next week as far south as Texas.

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"Snowtables" Since Last Weekend

Minneapolis-St. Paul set the most recent October snowfall record after piling up 7.9 inches on Tuesday during Winter Storm Abigail, as named by The Weather Channel. That's the heaviest snowstorm on record so early in the season in the Twin Cities.

It was also the heaviest snowstorm so early in the fall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where 7 inches was recorded. St. Cloud also set their record snowiest October, topping the previous record of 6.4 inches in 2002.

Both Eau Claire and Rhinelander, Wisconsin, also set their October snowstorm of record Tuesday, picking up 6.9 and 6.1 inches, respectively. Each city also set their record snowiest October.

If that wasn't weird enough, wildfire smoke from Colorado turned skies a tinge of orange and light green over parts of the upper Midwest Thursday as sleet and snow were falling, accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Montana has been the hardest hit since last week. Great Falls has picked up 16.7 inches of snow since last Friday and set a number of October snowfall records, including:

-Heaviest calendar-day October snowfall: 8.2 inches Sunday

-Greatest October snow depth: 10 inches Monday, which topped previous record set last year on Oct. 9.

-Earliest-in-season 10-inch snow depth, which beat the previous record set Nov. 9, 2012.

(FLASHBACK: Record Late-September 2019 Montana Snowstorm)

Billings has picked up over a foot of snow since last Saturday. Temperatures the previous weekend there hit 85 degrees.

Parts of Iowa were blanketed by two rounds of snow Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday, Des Moines picked up its second earliest 1-inch-plus snowfall on record since 1885.

On Monday, a thin band of heavy snow parked over parts of central and eastern Iowa and dumped 6 to 9 inches of snow in some north Des Moines suburbs. It was the snowiest October day on record in Ankeny.

In eastern Iowa, 2 to 5 inches of snow fell in Cedar Rapids on Monday and blanketed debris from the mid-August derecho, the costliest single-day thunderstorm event to hit the U.S. in 40 years.

Other places that picked up their first snow of the season included Omaha, Nebraska; parts of southern Wisconsin; and parts of northern New England.

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