The U.S. snow drought is coming to an end!

Posted on: 10:29 pm, December 3, 2013, by

Terry Swails Weather Blog

I’m watching a Charlie Brown Christmas and they are eating snowflakes. Lucy says, “It’s too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.” Well shucks Lucy, I’ll eat snowflakes any month! I’m especially partial to December snowflakes because they are fresher and they can account for a White Christmas, something I’m very keen on!

As of early December 2nd, the country was not doing well in the snowfall department. Only 19.6% of the continental US. had snow cover, well below normal. This is especially surprising considering November temperatures were well below normal for the nation. In fact,I’m hearing November was the coldest across the country since 1996.


For a number of reasons we need to get this turned around and I think that’s exactly what’s going to happen. With the pattern we are embarking on cold air should be plentiful and the storm track conducive for snow, something it was not in November. It’s my belief you are going to notice a significant increase in snow cover across much of the lower 48.

Look at the snow the European cranks out the next 10 days just across the Midwest. The GFS is also looking pretty bullish.



Beyond what’s currently occurring over the upper Midwest and the over-running event that kicks in late this week from the S. Plains to Ohio Valley, I see 2 more systems down the pike with better than average potential for snow here in the heartland.

One comes this Sunday. Despite pretty good dynamics both the GFS and EURO are short on moisture. Even so, with the cold temperatures in place snow ratios should be high 15:1 or higher. Where it snows it should fluff up pretty good. A 1-3″ swath looks possible.


In conclusion, what I’m saying and what the data is pointing to is a cold and potentially snowy period coming up starting later this week and continuing into at least mid December. I think snow cover around the country will really take off and for many in the Midwest, the snow mobiles, skies, and sleds will get a little work out.


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