Snow in the U.S. and Texas BlizzardFebruary 28th, 2013 at 4:25 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
As of Weds. 2/27 a total of 49.1% of the Lower 48 states had a snow cover (see map at top left – click on the images to enlarge). That’s the 2nd highest for any Feb. 27 going back thru the 10 years that I have records for. The average for those 10 years is 37.5%. The average snow depth is a very healthy 6.6″. The middle picture shows stranded cars after the blizzard that hit Amarillo Texas and on the right we have snowfall totals of up to 19″. Wind gusts in Amarillo were as high as 75 mph and this was truly a class one blizzard. The storm and the one before that covered much of Kansas, Oklahoma and E. Nebraska in snow brought welcome moisture. It’s not enough to eliminate the drought, but it’s most welcome as the snow will now soak into the ground as it slowly melts. Look at the snow up near the top of this sign. Check out the difference between 2/27/11 in N. Texas and 2/27/13. Here’s a summary of the North Texas Blizzard. Here’s a little video of the blizzard. Looks like they get a snowstorm in Maine.