We've talked a fair bit about the state of the snow cover in the US in December and how putrid, pathetic, and awful it was...well, maybe not that exaggerated but we did chat about how snow cover in December and early January was the lowest we had seen since 2006 in the lower 48 and surmised about the various reasons behind it.
How are we doing now? Well, a bit better but compared to the last few years we're still a bit starved for snow.
Through yesterday, 40.8% of the lower 48 was covered by at least some snow, which is up a good bit from last December at this time (we were around 30% coverage on Christmas Eve). Snow cover is prevalent in the mountainous west, which has picked up quite a bit of snow over the past week or so, as well as increasing in quantity across the Midwest and Great Lakes after struggling to get snow for the early portions of winter. We (and our friends north and west of us in Central Pennsylvania) also had some snow on the ground, although a lot of that in the Appalachians and in portions of Southern New England will finish its melt by this time Friday thanks to incoming rainfall.