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Twin Cities Closing In On Snowfall Record

snow on the pinesMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Snowfall in the Twin Cities could be a record breaker this season.

As of Monday, 59.5 inches had fallen at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen this season. That’s 4.5 inches more than the average total snowfall for the entire winter.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Zaleski says it’s “quite amazing” to be at those levels in mid-January.

Some of the snowiest months are yet to come, so the season could surpass the record snowfall of 90 inches set in 1982-83.

Zaleski says the nearly constant snowfall in January is unusual. He cites the west-to-east jet stream, which is bringing in more weather systems from the Central Pacific and Central Plains states.

Meanwhile, here in St. Cloud, we’ve had a lot less snow.  We’ve officially had just over 33 inches of snow for the whole season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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