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A Snowy Year for the East, Dry in the West

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Meteorologist Cody Matz Meteorologist Cody Matz

A tale of two stories across the country this winter with locations east of the Rockies experiencing a cold and in some cases record snowy winter. Meanwhile, west of that continental divide, most days it's been dry and almost spring like. With the persistent trough in the east and ridge in the west, much of the country has experienced an extreme winter in one way or another from drought and warmth in the southwest to record cold for parts of the north and plenty of snow from here to the Eastern Seaboard. So how much snow so far this winter?? Well, it's been a doozy. First, here is a look at the snow cover across the country Monday morning and across the state of Minnesota.

Plenty of snow still on the ground throughout much of the northern U.S… not exactly unusual. What is a little more uncommon is just how deep that snow is in some places with snow pack topping 2 feet across the metro and points north and east. It also tops a foot from parts of Iowa eastward all the way to the mid-Atlantic and northeast. So here is a breakdown for some select cities this winter. The number I really want you to focus on is the percentage compared to average.

Grand Rapids MI   102.9"     136%
Buffalo NY               97.7"     102%
Billings MT               79.2"     143%  9th Snowiest Winter
Detroit                    78.5"     185%  3rd Snowiest Winter
Chicago                  67.6"     186%  4th Snowiest Winter
Philadelphia           58.4"      257%  Snowiest Winter on Record
New York City        57.1"      214%  7th Snowiest Winter
Twin Cities             57.0"     104%
Boston                   56.0"     123%
Indianapolis           52.1"     199%  Snowiest Winter on Record
Columbus OH         50.6"     182%  5th Snowiest Winter
Rapid City SD         40.6"       99%
Des Moines            38.1"     102%
Salt Lake City        34.9"       62%
Flagstaff, AZ          31.7"       33%
St. Louis MO          27.2"     149%
Lake Tahoe, CA     25.5"       18%
Denver                  24.9"       47%
Kansas City           22.6"     116%  
Louisville KY           21.6"     155%
Omaha, NE            16.0"       55%
Washington D.C.   15.5"        99%
Charlotte, NC        10.3"      234%
Huntsville, AL          7.1"      296%

6 cities on our list cracked the top 10 list for snowiest winters of all time, with Indianapolis and Philadelphia coming in with record snow. Contrast that with some of the cities in the west like normally snowy Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Flagstaff AZ and it paints a really good picture of how weird this year has been. Not to mention, the seemingly low snow numbers in the south that crushed the averages getting 2 or 3 times normal what is normal from Alabama to the Carolinas.

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