March 2013 Coldest March in 11 Years

March of 2013 will be remembered for one thing, cold.  After having a March in 2012 that had temperatures that belonged more in April, this March went the other direction as persistent cold air resulted in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Eau Claire all having their coldest March since 2002.  March also continued a trend started in February with Minnesota and Wisconsin being stuck in a bit more of a snowy and wet pattern, with the monthly snowfall total at St. Cloud putting them in as the 9th snowiest March of all time with Eau Claire experiencing its 5th snowiest March on record.  The big storm this March occurred on the 4th and 5th, when a system dumped over 10 inches of snow along the Minnesota and Wisconsin border.  There was a second snow storm that hit areas from Albert Lea up through Eau Claire the hardest on the 15th.  Certainly by the time the first significant thaw was observed the last few days of the month, it was welcomed occurrence!

In the end, temperatures across the region for March of 2013 were 5 to 10 degrees below normal, snowfall was 6 to 12+ inches above normal (outside of SW MN), while melted precipitation was near to 1 inch above normal (outside of SW MN).   Again, the southwest part of the state managed to watch the heaviest precipitation stay north or east of them and a as a result, southwest Minnesota ended up being the only part of the region to see below normal snowfall and precipitation.

Monthly Climate Summaries:   Minneapolis   St. Cloud   Eau Claire   Chanhassen

Temperature Minneapolis
St. Cloud
Eau Claire



Average Temperature

Departure From Normal


Departure From Normal


Departure From Normal

Eau Claire, WI



2.82 in.

+1.09 in.

23.7 in.

+15.1 in.

Twin Cities



2.04 in.

+0.15 in.

13.8 in.

+3.5 in.

St. Cloud, MN



2.63 in.

+1.08 in.

16.6 in.

+8.1 in.


March 2013 Departures from Normal



March Temperature Departure

March Precipitation Departure

March 2013 Snowfall Summary

Observed Snowfall

Percent of Normal Snowfall

Observed March 2013 Snowfall

March 2013 Percent of Normal Snowfall

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