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National Snow Depth

We have been getting a few questions this morning that with all of the arctic cold and snow, how is this comparing to other winters, and is this a sign of things to come. Well this morning, 50.4% of the country is covered in snow.

National Snow Depth

National Snow Depth for 11/17/2014

This same time last year, only 12.5% of the country was covered in snow.

National Snow Depth

National Snow Depth for 11/17/2013

The last time over 50% of the country was covered in snow was on December 7th, 2013 when 55.5% of the country was covered in snow.

National Snow Depth

National Snow Depth for 12/7/2013

On average, the first inch of snowfall occurs across northwest Iowa first, around the 15th of November. The rest of the state then eventually sees the first inch between November 20th and December.

Average 1st Snowfall

Average 1st Inch of Snowfall

While it seems like it was early for this much snow, in reality it was not. What is uncommon, is how much of the country is experiencing this arctic blast, leading to 50.4% of the country waking up to snow this morning. The good news is the pattern will begin to change by the end of the week and we will finally start to warm back up to above freezing temperatures.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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