(KMSP) - While we “dig out” from the largest snowstorm of the season for the Twin Cities metro, it doesn’t even compare to what some parts of the United States have seen.
The typically not-so-snowy areas of the Central Plains, Ohio Valley, and Northeast have well surpassed the metro in snowfall for the season. Granted, most of this was from one storm, but we’ve seen time and time again, that’s all it takes. That’s why seasonal snowfall forecasting is so difficult, but that’s a can of worms that I will save for a later date.
The Twin Cities is now up to 4 inches of snow for the season. This is well behind the current 30 year climate average from 1981-2010, but is right on target with what we’ve experienced in the 21st century. You can read all about this difference in one of my previous blogs this month. However, many other big cities have seen two to eight times what they usually get in the month of November. In fact, there are several cities in the Northeast that are close to breaking their all-time snow records for the month.
Chicago though just experienced its largest snowstorm in November history and now has over a foot of snow for the season. They typically have had just over an inch. In a similar fashion is Harrisburg Pennsylvania, which is just west of Philadelphia as well as Kansas City--both are up by a lot. New York City’s Central Park had their largest November snowstorm since the 1800s and have now seen six times their average by this point in the season. Even St Louis, which averages about 10 inches of snow per year, is already up over five.
But for those wanting more of the white gold, you may be getting your wish. Another large storm system will enter the central U.S. and is likely to spread a large swath of snow across the Plains. The big question now is where?
Well, the areas with the highest probability of getting a few inches of snow as of this post appear to be from Montana to southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. I guess we’ll see what happens.