While the snow currently falling in the metro is a rather unpleasant sight to see this time of year, we all know that it could be worse as cited in the University of Minnesota’s Climatology Working Group list of the 10 largest April snowfalls in Twin Cities’ history. In past years, April snowstorms have covered the metro area, dropping a range of 7-13 inches of snow. The largest recorded April snowfall happened in 1933, where some parts of the state saw nearly 30 inches.

And this year, we may have to thank this long, overdue winter, as it may be contributing to a drastic decrease in our drought situation. The U.S. Drought Monitor released an updated map showing our state is no longer experiencing extreme drought.