Thanks to our continued bitter cold, the storm that could have impacted much of the Upper Midwest this week was pushed much further south and has successfully crippled over a dozen states with up to 18" of snow and ice. Parts of Kansas and Missouri were blanketed with up to 15 inches of snow, Chicago received another 7 inches on top of their exceedingly snowy winter, up to a foot of additional flakes fell in parts of Indiana and Ohio, then as much as an inch of ice and up to 18 inches of snow coated everything from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. Check out the snowfall amounts from just the last 72 hours.
This adds to the yearly total for many with some areas from northern Missouri to Chicago to parts of Michigan, Ohio, and upstate New York that have seen nearly double their yearly seasonal snowfall, and we are barely into February. 64% of the country is now snow covered and with temperatures not likely to get above freezing for many of these locations right through the weekend, it looks like it may be around for a while.