February Guess the Snowfall: We have a winner

  • Article by: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2012 - 7:08 AM

Marnie Prochniak of Inver Grove Heights

Leap Day made a winner of Marnie Prochniak of Inver Grove Heights in the February Guess the Snowfall game.

Prochniak’s guess of 5.7 inches of snow for February was the closest of anyone’s to the official Twin Cities total of 6.1 inches, without going over. But if February hadn’t had an extra day this year, Prochniak wouldn’t be on the trophy stand. The Leap Day snow of 2.2 inches tore victory from the grasp of Barb Lund and Anthony Holznagel, who both guessed the month would bring only 3.8 inches of snow.

Prochniak said she had been  aware of what a dry winter it had been, but considered her entry “a wild guess.” It was her first crack at Guess the Snowfall. She wins a $25 coffee shop gift certificate.

Prochniak, who works for the state of Minnesota, also recently won a gift certificate by tossing her name into a fishbowl at her dentist’s office.

“It’s time for a lottery ticket!” she said.

For March, the final game of the season, entries seem to suggest people expect winter to make up for lost time. Of the 75 guesses, 27 predicted more than 15 inches of snow, with 11 above the 20-inch mark. Overall, guesses ranged from 1.5 to 65 inches. Yup, 5 feet, 5 inches.

March will also conclude the grand, season-long guessing game that people entered way back in November. With only 21 inches for the season through Feb. 29, all of the 69 participants are still in the running. That’s because the lowest entry was 18 inches, and next highest, 27, would be eliminated along with all the other if we see less than 6 inches of snow in March. 

Back in November, of course, the experts were still predicting a cold and snowy winter. Two people guessed we’d break 100 inches. And yes, that could still happen. Stay tuned.

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