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Winter (November-March)

Winter in Minnesota Winters in Minnesota can be down right cold, sometimes dipping into the sub-zero temperatures. Lately the area has been seeing snow in February and March, instead of November and December. Not to worry though, it is quite easy to enjoy the season. Clothing musts are boots, a good insulated jacket, hats, gloves, and scarves. One common courtesy to remember when visiting neighbors or viewing homes for sale is to take off your shoes at the door. It keeps from tracking dirt all over your hosts floors!

Driving in winter is not troublesome once you get the hang of it. Remember that just because you own an SUV does not mean you are immune from accidents. Snow can be easy to navigate in a four wheel drive, but “black” ice can get you every time. Commute times can be extended during a snow storm, but driving slowly and cautiously will get you home safely. Outfitting your vehicle with an ice scraper, jumper cables, emergency kit, blankets, flashlights, and water are just a few items that might help should you find yourself in an accident.

Four Seasons of Fun

The weather changes often in Minnesota! Each season comes with its own pleasures. Spring brings warming temperatures and a major “green-up” as trees grow leaves and flowers and vegetation spring to life.

Summer is sunny and pleasant. It is common to have several days as warm as 90 degrees Fahrenheit (and a few warmer).

In the fall, the trees turn brilliant colors as the days cool down. “Fall colors” are a major attraction to Minnesota late August – October. You can see fall color reports (link) during this time period on this site.

Minnesota is known for its cold winters…, but we just bundle up and go out and play in the snow.

Temperatures are usually slightly warmer south of the Twin Cities, and cooler in northern parts of the state. There is also typically less snow in southern Minnesota and more in northern Minnesota, especially in the northeast inland from Lake Superior.
Twin Cities average temperatures

Jan. 31 21 F/1 F
Apr. 30 62 F/41F
July 31 83 F/60 F
Sept. 30 65 F/42 F

Average annual snowfall:

53 -70 inches
Normal annual precipitation:

19-34 inches (rainfall and water equivalent of snow)
Fun fact:

It takes 10-12 inches of snow to equal one inch of rain (depending on how dry the snow is)!