UNDATED - The National Weather Service says over a foot of snow is expected to fall on some parts of central and east central Minnesota today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday).

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued from 1:00 p.m. today through 7:00 p.m. tomorrow.

How unusual is it for us to see this big of a storm, this late in the season?  According to statistics from the St. Cloud State University meteorological department, it's very rare.  Only twice since record keeping began back in 1893 have we had a foot or more of snow in St. Cloud from one April storm - and they both happened in the same year 1893.  We had 36 inches of snow from April 19th through the 21st, 1893, and then another 12 inches of snow on April 26th, 1893.

Here's a chart of the all-time biggest snowfall events ever in St. Cloud:

Single Storm Snowfall

Rank Snowfall Dates
1 36.0 inches April 19-21, 1893
2 32.0 inches March 31-April 1, 1896
3 21.7 inches March 1-3, 1965
(14.5 inches on 3/1)
4 18.3 inches February 28-March 4, 1951
5 (tie) 17.7 inches March 14-18, 1965
5 (tie) 17.7 inches March 3-4, 1985
7 16.8 inches November 28- December 1, 1985
8 16.4 inches January 5-11, 1975
9 16.3 inches November 11-12, 1940
10 15.0 inches November 16-17, 1911
11 14.0 inches March 16, 1917
12 13.5 inches February 6-8, 1937
13 (tie) 13.3 inches December 6-9, 1969
13 (tie) 13.3 inches October 31-November 2, 1991
15 13.1 inches November 6-8, 1943
16 12.7 inches December 23-26, 2009
17 12.1 inches January 20-25, 1982
18 (tie) 12.0 inches April 26, 1893
18 (tie) 12.0 inches January 3, 1897
18 (tie) 12.0 inches March 11, 1897
18 (tie) 12.0 inches March 5-6, 1908
18 (tie) 12.0 inches November 14-15, 1927
18 (tie) 12.0 inches March 13-16, 1943