While it’s been a fairly lackluster year for snow for much of Minnesota until recently, much of the country is dealing with the same sort of issue; lack of moisture. There have been very few large scale storms over the last couple of months which has led many areas of the country to dive into a drought. Two thirds of the country are now in some sort of drought conditions, that’s double what it was just 4 months ago. An eighth of the country is in at least a severe drought which is usually areas that have experienced less than half their normal precipitation over a several month period. And while there has been some recent relief for parts of the east, the long term pattern through February does not support large scale heavy precipitation across the country so don’t expect this issue to go away anytime soon.
As for the Twin Cities and Minnesota, we are faring far better than most of the country with some abnormally dry conditions for the largely snowless areas of the western side of the state, but the Twin Cities is still in good shape thanks to our foot of snowfall about 10 days ago. The metro is still officially behind average though, but we have hit the 30” mark for the season. Season average is 54”.