There are a few snow showers in the area on radar; though it is dry here at 6:30 AM MDT.
Ground is bare here; maybe you could say there is a trace on the ground.
Even Lead; elevation of about 5200' and with a mean annual average of about 15 feet (180 inches), is reporting just one inch on the ground and just one inch for January 2018.
Conditions may become more favorable for snow here over the next few days as the wind may veer towards the east and a bit of an upslope may develop.
Snowfall for the season here is at 10.7"; central South Dakota has done even more poorly...as Aberdeen & Pierre are in the 4 to 5 inch range for the entire 2017-18 winter. The NWS WFO in Rapid City is at 8.6".
We had about 1/10 of an inch of snow in snow showers. Actually it was closer to 5/100ths of an inch; but I figured "what the heck" and decided to round upwards...
The sun is peeking though now; actually, the sun shone through dimly the whole time; and none of this even showed up on the radar; which would lead me to believe that the cloud deck was *very* thin and made up of just some low level clouds.
The cold and the ratios are never problems here. If precipitation falls from November through March; it will almost certainly be snow. Likewise; the ratios are also very good. I have seen many reports nearby of up to a 1/2 inch of snow based on a trace of liquid equivalent.
The bad news is that it is more arid than the Gobi Desert; and that has proven to be quite the sticking point.
I suppose I write to sort of punctuate the bizarre (and not in a good way!) nature of the climate here; as it a good deal removed from what I was anticipating.
I'm quite fond of the area; but my lease expires in the summertime; and if the weather does not suit my changeable moods; I might consider moving on at that point in time; as I'm not one to suffer dissatisfactory outcomes for extended spells.
I'm going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on a summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone
Eventually the law of averages should even things out around here...I hope.