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You can cherry pick days when the US has a lack of snow OTG and those that when it does have snow.  Yesterday, 48.8% of the nation had been covered by snow (2/25 06 UTC).  This map will update within a few hours...I understand this map is not necessarily a real accurate portrayal but it is only a "snapshot" of a day in time.  I believe this map also takes into count a lot of the sleet/ice that fell in the S Plains/MW.  I'm curious to see how much this changes for the updated map later this morning.

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The official 3.1" of snow that fell yesterday at ORD has brought the seasonal avg up to 28.6".  That is about 2" shy of the seasonal avg to date and +3" for the month.  Quite a reversal since early JAN and the lackluster start.  Meantime, MDW (only a few miles to the SE) has had 18.1" of snow this month (+8" for the month) and about 38" (+6" of normal) for the season.  The lake and storm tracks have benefitted the southern tier of the metro so far this season.

We had full sun earlier in the day yesterday and with temps in the mid/upper 20's the high ratio snow was getting nuked pretty quickly.  I already have spotty areas with grass showing up.  I'm sure by end of today and most likely by tomorrow the snow cover will be history.  

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Around a half inch of new snow fall overnight here and there is now 2" of snow on the ground. before last nights snow fall the total for the season at Grand Rapids was 64.3" The overnight low here was 20 and at this time it is partly cloudy and 22.

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Fargo has had 11 blizzards this winter, making it the most in recorded history.

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>1" snowfalls at KFAR in 2021-22: 11/11-12 (1.0"), 11/13 (1.8"), 12/2 (1.0"), 12/4-5 (4.8"), 12/21 (3.1"), 12/25 (3.2"), 12/26-27 (8.6"), 12/28 (2.9"), 1/4-5 (3.2"), 1/14 (2.7"), 1/22 (2.8"),

 

Total 2021-22 snowfall at KFAR: 51.7"                                                  Coldest Minimum: -28*F (1/1, 1/7)

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7 hours ago, Tom said:

@Andie...does this confirm what transpired down by you?  Aren't you on the north side of Dallas?  I got a cousin that lives in the metro and will ask him if it was as bad as they say.  

https://www.fox4news.com/news/ice-forms-on-north-texas-roadways-people-urged-to-stay-home

 

 

No. I’m south west of Dallas. I’m in the far SW corner of Tarrant Co where Ft Worth is.  On the corner of 4 adjoining counties.  
Thurs was a surprise for the area East and North of us.  Black ice roller rink stuff.   
Thank heaven that’s behind us.  We don’t do ice so we’ll as our neighbors to the north! 
 

The rain missed us today too.  
We’d better get used to that. This drought will last.  Have you  heard any long range forecasts on that yet? 

Before You Diagnose Yourself With Depression or Low Self-Esteem,...First Make Sure You Are Not In Fact, Just Surrounded By A$$holes.

 

2018 Rainfall - 62.65" High Temp. - 110.03* Low Temp. - 8.4*

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Yes please.

This Afternoon
Sunny, with a high near 42. South southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.
Tonight
Clear, with a low around 19. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west after midnight.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 24. South wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 65.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
Friday
A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.
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Went for another snowmobile ride today. Gotta say I underestimated how much snow we have. 24-30" snow depth pretty much everywhere in my area. If it wasn't so flat around here I could probably post a pic and get away with tagging it as somewhere in a primary les belt. 

Funny thing is all the snow is bottomless powder, haven't had a thaw since mid December when it all started piling up. This caused going down untouched forest roads difficult, some spots I was going full throttle and struggling to keep momentum. First pic is a spot where I had to help my dad get unstuck. Pretty much had to do circles around him to give his tank of a sled some packed down snow to have a shot of getting turned around. 

Second pic is a picnic table covered in the seasons snowfall

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Even thought the official high at Grand Rapids was only 29 yesterday (I had a high of 33 here) the full late February sun sure did the trick on the snow that was on the ground. Areas that are in the shade are the only ones that now have a snow cover. Areas that were in the sun yesterday now have a lot of bare ground showing with just the snow piles still there. The overnight low here was 26 before midnight and it held steady around 28 all night. At this time it is partly cloudy here and 30.

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On 2/24/2022 at 11:54 PM, snowstorm83 said:

Sooooo LNK will still be at 3.7" for the season indefinitely. Lowest season is 7.2" in 1967-68, and even using Ken Dewey's records back to 1900, 67-68 is still the winner. This is downright scary if you ask me. 

Oh my bad LNK picked up 0.1" on Thursday LOL

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"   2018-19: 55.5"   2019-20: 17.6"   2020-21: 49.4"   2021-22: 5.1" 🤮

Average: 26"

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On 2/24/2022 at 11:54 PM, snowstorm83 said:

Sooooo LNK will still be at 3.7" for the season indefinitely. Lowest season is 7.2" in 1967-68, and even using Ken Dewey's records back to 1900, 67-68 is still the winner. This is downright scary if you ask me. 

It's the same here in southern WI.

https://www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco/clim-history/stations/msn/MSN-TS-ANN-S.gif

We are just a little over 20in right now for the season, 66/67 seems like it was a winter that sucked for NE and WI. Probably similar pattern too.

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2 hours ago, gimmesnow said:

It's the same here in southern WI.

https://www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco/clim-history/stations/msn/MSN-TS-ANN-S.gif

We are just a little over 20in right now for the season, 66/67 seems like it was a winter that sucked for NE and WI. Probably similar pattern too.

Well good sign with the following winter; that line shoots straight up! The silver lining, even though we have to wait a year, is there will be no way we get less than 10" next year. We have never had back to back winters with less than 10" in recorded history. Typically you see an average or above average after a winter we have experienced. 

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1 hour ago, gabel23 said:

Well good sign with the following winter; that line shoots straight up! The silver lining, even though we have to wait a year, is there will be no way we get less than 10" next year. We have never had back to back winters with less than 10" in recorded history. Typically you see an average or above average after a winter we have experienced. 

Jim Flowers sort of hinting at this also. If any of these storms on the GFS or Euro would come true, we could match or exceed our yearly snowfall so far. 

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9 hours ago, CentralNebWeather said:

Jim Flowers sort of hinting at this also. If any of these storms on the GFS or Euro would come true, we could match or exceed our yearly snowfall so far. 

That is what I'm expecting to see happen next month...the pattern is ripe for multiple hits and storms coming out of the W/SW...I'm encouraged at what I'm seeing.

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Was hoping we’d over perform this week and already off to a good start.  Sitting at 50 currently and should rise a few more.  Sun feels amazing and getting me excited for BBQ, boating and other outdoor activities.   

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Made it to 69.6 today IMBY with a light breeze. The humidity is down to 14%. Should hit the 70s tomorrow and Wednesday too. It's supposed to cool down Thursday with a backdoor cool front to near 50, but based on today's GFS should warm right back up into the 60s and 70s Friday and Saturday.

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Temperature ranges have been getting even crazier. I just noticed that LNK bottomed out at 8 yesterday morning and hit 59 by the afternoon. Almost identical today, except 10 degrees warmer. 18 in the morning and it's currently 69. Humidity has also bottomed out at 10%. I guess I don't really have any complaints that haven't already been dwelled on, but it's amazing how the situation continues and worsens. 

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"   2018-19: 55.5"   2019-20: 17.6"   2020-21: 49.4"   2021-22: 5.1" 🤮

Average: 26"

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70 Today.  Slowly rising to 81 on Saturday with a 20% chance of rain. 

Mix of clouds and sun.  Early spring like  weather 

Before You Diagnose Yourself With Depression or Low Self-Esteem,...First Make Sure You Are Not In Fact, Just Surrounded By A$$holes.

 

2018 Rainfall - 62.65" High Temp. - 110.03* Low Temp. - 8.4*

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1 hour ago, snowstorm83 said:

Temperature ranges have been getting even crazier. I just noticed that LNK bottomed out at 8 yesterday morning and hit 59 by the afternoon. Almost identical today, except 10 degrees warmer. 18 in the morning and it's currently 69. Humidity has also bottomed out at 10%. I guess I don't really have any complaints that haven't already been dwelled on, but it's amazing how the situation continues and worsens. 

I can't remember ever having 50 degree daily rises in temps and it keeps happening. Strange stuff.

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