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Early November Snow Highest In Over 10 Years

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It hasn't been very snowy for southern Colorado so far this year, but hasn't been the case for all of North America.

As of November 9th, per data from the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center, just under a quarter of the contiguous United States, 22.6%, has snow on the ground. This is the most snow coverage across the CONUS on November 9th that we've see in over 10 years with next the closest year being 2011 with 19.6% coverage.

Below are two images comparing the current lower 48 state snow coverage for Nov 9th 2017 to Nov 9th 2016.

2016:

2017:

As you can see, we were bone dry for Nov 9th in 2016 with only 0.6% of the lower 48 covered in snow, compared to this Nov 9th, 2017 where we have 22.6% coverage! Keep in mind this is all happening with abnormal and record warmth across the Northeast! There probably won't be much of an impact from this snow for southern Colorado as westerly flow will likely push this snow cooled air mass east. Any new, direct air mass diving straight south could be cooler than average if it were to steer straight into Colorado over the next week or so.

This extra snow coverage fits right in the with possible La Nina forecast over the coming Winter months. La Nina tends to bring cooler than average temperatures to the Northwest, northern Rockies and northern plains with extra precipitation from the Northwest through the northern Rockies. If you live in southern Colorado, don't get overly excited for extra snowfall even with this snowy start, but this could bode well for the snow resorts grabbing a few more big snows through the year as that La Nina cold and moisture drops south into Colorado!

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