The snow stopped falling Tuesday night, and it was a pretty healthy dose of winter in the middle of October. In fact, it set a new single-day snowfall record in October for Saint Cloud.

The old record was set on October 20, 1936 with 5.8 inches of snow. The new record was set exactly 84 years to the day -- yesterday with 6.4 inches recorded at Saint Cloud State University.

When we think about October snow, a lot of us remember the Halloween 1991 blizzard that brought Minnesota to its knees, but most of that accumulation officially occurred on November 1st.

Central Minnesota Snow Totals for Tuesday

  • Sauk Rapids: 6.5"
  • Saint Joseph: 6.5"
  • Saint Augusta: 6.5"
  • Clearwater: 6.5"
  • Saint Cloud: 6.4"
  • Foley: 6.0"
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Here's a look at some of the higher amounts that fell across greater Minnesota:

  • Sedan: 10.8"
  • Lakeville: 9.0"
  • Savage: 8.8"
  • Apple Valley: 8.5"
  • Faribault: 8.5"
  • Hastings: 8.0"
  • MSP Airport: 7.4"
  • Elk River: 5.8"
  • Cambridge: 4.0"

On top of all that, the National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from 4 AM Thursday Morning through 10 PM Thursday night for the possibility of more than six additional inches of snow. The Winter Storm Watch is for the northern half of the state, and does include the Saint Cloud area.

NOAA released its 2020-2021 Winter Outlook late last week, and it calls for above normal precipitation (likely snow) for Minnesota, and near normal temperatures.

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