You Ask, We Answer: Did city pass the snowfall record?

Published 7:14 pm Friday, April 19, 2019

Question: Did Albert Lea break the total snowfall record for the season?

Answer: The record for snowfall in Albert Lea is 75 inches during the winter of 1928-29, according to the National Weather Service.

This season, Albert Lea has received 68.9 inches, which does not break the record, but is within the top five snowiest seasons for as long as the Weather Service has kept data since 1893.

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The Weather Service lists the following as the top five snowiest seasons:

• 1928-29: 75 inches

• 1935-36: 70.8 inches

• 2018-19: 68.9 inches

• 1974-75: 66.2 inches

• 1978-79: 65.2 inches


Question: Why was the speed limit raised to 60 mph on Minnesota Highway 13 at Sunset Street and then lowered back down to 55 mph?

According to Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic operations engineer David Tsang, raising the speed limit to 60 mph was an administration mistake with MnDOT that was not caught before the raised speed was posted.

Once the mistake was realized, the speed limit was returned to 55 mph.


“You Ask, We Answer” is a weekly column dedicated to answering questions submitted by you, the readers. We will answer two to three questions per week. This column is in memory of the late Ed Shannon, former Tribune writer and columnist, who knew the Albert Lea area like no other person. Have a question you want to submit? Email Managing Editor Sarah Stultz at or send her a letter at 808 W. Front St. Label as “Questions of the week.”