Mother Nature gave us a summertime tease last week, with temperatures in the Northland getting into the 70s in places. Despite that taste of summertime, reality has sunk back in with colder temperatures, and even more snow.

When we got those summerlike temperatures last week, many assumed the pursuit of reaching a new winter snowfall record in Duluth might be over. With such warm temperatures and a large amount of snow melting across the region leading to flooding, it seemed like we might be moving on to the season ahead.

Well, Mother Nature has some other ideas.

How close are we to the record right now?

Temperatures over the weekend headed back town to snow-making levels, and moisture brought the opportunity to close the gap of the 3.7 inches of snow Duluth would need to tie the record for snowiest winter ever recorded in the city.

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The Duluth office of the National Weather Service chronicled the weekend's snow in a tweet thread, sharing updates as the snow fell and the record crept closer into reach.

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Through the course of the day on Sunday and into Monday, Duluth has picked up 3.4 inches of snow, bringing the 2022-2023 season total to 135.1 inches. As of the most recent report on Monday, that puts us at an extremely-close 0.3 inches away from tying the record for the snowiest winter ever recorded in Duluth.

Is there more snow on the way?

In a word, yes. Is it enough to break the record? Right now, it looks that way.

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The remaining snow chances for Duluth are pretty minimal today, reducing down to nothing for the rest of the day Monday. This stands in contrast to areas in Northern Wisconsin, where heavier snow is expected through the day. Then. Tuesday looks dry and sunny, with a "warm" day in the mid-40s awaiting us.

Come Wednesday and Thursday, another round of wintery precipitation is on the way though, which could bring enough snow to break the record.

The National Weather Service is anticipating some mixed precipitation that will start as rain on Wednesday and change to snow Thursday and into Friday. While snow totals for this next event are still coming into focus, it does look like Duluth could see a few inches of snow to end the week.

With Duluth only needing 0.4 to break the record, even if we only get an inch, this week could see the previous record fall.

Here's a breakdown of the snowiest winters ever recorded in Duluth:

The 15 Snowiest Winters On Record In Duluth History

Since the National Weather Service began keeping weather records in Duluth in the late 1800s, here are the 15 winters with the highest snowfall totals on historical record.

It is worth noting that the official records from 1941-today have been recorded at the area now known as the Duluth International Airport (away from the lake, on top of the hill). Before then, various locations closer to Lake Superior had been used for official weather recording data. For anyone that knows anything about how Lake Superior and the hill play a role in temperature and snow, you can see how this makes older records inherently different.

While these records note the "snowiest winters", they actually include all seasonal snowfall from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

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