It’s Impossible To Forget The Year Minnesota Saw Its Single Largest Snowfall Ever

It’s as good a time as ever to reminisce about some of the wildest winter storms ever observed in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. We all remember the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, but there are plenty of other memorable snowstorms to look back on, too. For example, did you know that 1994 saw the largest single snowfall ever in Minnesota? Read on to learn about this historic storm and its impacts:

Do you remember the January 6-8, 1994 snowstorm? Share your memories in the comments, and be sure to check out our article about the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 for even more snowstorm memories. What’s the craziest weather event in Minnesota you can remember? Tell us about that, too!

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January 23, 2022

How common are blizzards in Minnesota?  

They’re not uncommon, we’d say; at the time of this writing, the average amount of blizzards that occur in Minnesota each year is about two. Luckily for those of us who have endured winter in Minnesota year after year, it’s an occurrence we can prepare for. Typically, we have a few days’ warning and time to plan, which is immensely helpful. Some years, however, can be rougher than others; for example, two blizzards struck two days apart in March of 1975. The storm produced incredibly high winds with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, which riled up lake waves on Lake Michigan as high as 20 feet. In 1991, Minnesota was slammed by a Halloween blizzard that dumped up to 35 inches of snow overnight on Duluth. With schools and businesses closed for days following the event, it became one of Minnesota’s most unforgettable blizzards. For more information on each of these and then some, check out this list of seven unforgettable blizzards in Minnesota 

What are some things to do in Minnesota during winter?  

Don’t let the extreme winters goad you into not enjoying your winter; there are plenty of fun (and safe) things to do even during the coldest months. There are always the classics, like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, building snow forts, tubing, etc., but there are plenty of more creative options as well. For example, Minnesota is home to some amazing winter hikes! Most of our state parks remain open even during winter, and the trails they contain are veritable winter wonderlands. Some of the best destinations for winter hikes in Minnesota are found in Afton State Park, Blue Mounds State Park, Rice Lake State Park, and Jay Cooke State Park. We also really love camping, even when it’s cold, and you can try your hand at ice fishing as well. Sometimes, towns will have dog sledding or even ice sculpture competitions! Minnesota is positively vibrant, even during the chilliest times of year. There’s always something to do!