Current Snow Depth

December 5, 2011 0 Comments

The healthy wet snow event Saturday evening definitely went a long way in getting the turf covered and white in a good chunk of the Upper Midwest.  Of course it is still not enough in most areas for things like skiing and snowmobiling but you have to start somewhere, right?   The weekend storm put down a decent swath of snow all the way from the Southern Rockies to Lake Superior.  Check out the latest national snow depth map below.  As to be expected early in the season, the greatest depths, over 1 foot, are generally confined to the mountainous states out west, with some near 1 foot amounts in some lake effect locations of Upper Michigan as well.

Snow Depth, Dec. 5th, 2011









The areas from Texas northeast through the Ohio Valley and eastward have been unseasonably warm the past few weeks being on the eastern side of the storm tracks.  That’s why their ground is brown.  They have had inches of rain in some of those areas.  Just imagine how much snow that would have been had it been colder out!

Closer to home, about the northwest two-thirds of Wisconsin has snow on the ground.  It’s generally from 1 to 5″ deep in most spots.   There is also a strip of an inch or less from around Wautoma down to Madison and Whitewater, mainly from what fell early Monday morning.  You can get a closer look at it on the map below.

Snow Depth, Dec. 5th, 2011
The bad news for snow lovers is the fact that we don’t have any major accumulation in the forecast through the weekend.  There might be a dusting with the only real chance of a few inches localized to the Lake Superior Snowbelt area of far northern Iron through northern Bayfield Counties.  The good news is that it should stay cold enough such that the snow we have on the ground already won’t melt.

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StormTrak9 Meteorologist with WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. Also the owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC.

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