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Comparing Snow: North vs. South

10 Dec 2017, 6:10 pm

It’s December.  For many in the United States, that usually means cold temperatures and plenty of snow.  Would you believe that Houston, Texas has had more snow than Milwaukee, Wisconsin?  It’s  true!  So far this season, many people in the northern United States have had a lack of significant snowfall.  Residents of the southern United States, however, have had the complete opposite!

An unusual early season snowstorm blanketed many areas of the South from Texas through North Carolina between December 7th and 9th.  Seasonal snowfall totals are now running above normal in many southern cities.

On the flip side of things, many northern and western cities that typically expect snow this time of year are running behind.  A lackluster start to the winter season means that cities like Chicago have had less snow than parts of Florida (Century, Florida picked up 2 inches on December 8th).  Less snow has fallen in the capital of Colorado than in the capital of Louisiana!

How will the rest of the winter season stack up?  Climatologically speaking, those northern and western cities will likely outpace their southern counterparts.  For example, Milwaukee usually picks up between 3 and 4 feet of snow during the winter season.  Houston, as you might guess, rarely sees any snow during a typical winter.  Southeast Texas runs the possibility of not seeing anymore snow this season.

Of course, it’s early.  It’s December.  We have several more months to find out what Mother Nature has in store for us!

Meteorologist Joe Astolfi

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