Heavy snow shatters October records

It's the heaviest snow this early in October for many Minnesota locations.

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A woman stops to clear the snow off the windshield of her car as the first significant snow of the season falls in St. Paul.
Kathryn Styer Martinez | MPR News

Updated: Oct. 21, 6:32 a.m. | Posted: Oct. 20, 5:47 p.m.

Our unusually cold and strong October low-pressure storm dumped heavy snow on much of Minnesota as expected Tuesday.

It also shattered some early-season snowfall records.

Many spots around central and southern Minnesota will likely set all-time records for the heaviest, earliest snowfall of the snow season.

Intense snowburst

One amazing feature of this storm is the intense snowburst that rolled through the Twin Cities late Tuesday afternoon.

Doppler radar picked up the bright yellows indicative of higher reflectivity. Heavy wet water-rimmed snowflakes produce bright returns on radar. This burst produced snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Half a foot-plus

Many locations from St. Cloud through southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities picked up more than 6 inches of snow. Check the latest snowfall totals here.

More snow on the way?

Widespread snow is possible again Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm watch has been issued for central to northern Minnesota beginning at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Parts of northern Minnesota, including Brainerd and Virginia, could get as much as 8 inches of snow.

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