White ChristmasDecember 25th, 2012 at 8:27 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click map at the left to enlarge. The National Snow Analysis shows that 51.1% of the country woke up to snow on the ground this Christmas morning. That’s significantly more than the 29.2% snow cover we had on Christmas 2011. The 51.1% is the 3rd highest in the last ten years. That number is going to increase as the latest winter storm dumps snow from Oklahoma and Arkansas to New England. Most of our area is in the white color on the map because we have trace amounts of snow on the ground. Check out the latest National Watch/Warning Map, showing Blizzard Warnings from Arkansas to Ohio. In our area, observers reported an inch of snow on the ground in Paw Paw, Lansing, DeWitt and Montague, with 2″ on the ground in Hart and Big Rapids. Houghton Lake reported a 5″ snow cover and Cadillac had 8″. The most was near Gaylord, where one observer measured 17″ on the ground this morning. Other snow cover reports: 10″ S. Ste. Marie and Newberry, 11″ Pellston, 14″ Grand Marais and15″ at the Marquette NWS. Not much snow for our area from the Weds. PM storm, maybe an inch or two southeast of G.R. We’ll see snow showers and maybe an inch or two between Friday and Tuesday. No big storms for us, but it stays cool enough that any precipitation we get will be snow.
Here’s a look at historic Southern snowstorms (inc. a pic. of a blizzard in New Orleans!) Snowfall totals from the current storm: 0.4″ Dallas TX, 7.2″ Bowie TX, 12″ Vandervort and Bogg Springs AR. Thundersnow was reported in Little Rock.