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What City Was Winning Snow Contest This Time Last Season

I thought it would be fun to compare last season (2014-2015) with this snow season (2015-2016) to see how the cities are doing as we come down the home stretch :) You can compare the cities snow totals to date for both seasons in the chart below. Keep in mind there will be some new cities that were added this snow season just to mix it up and also some cities that were dropped.

I think there are two things that stand out the most. Number one being where the heck is Lowell, Massachusetts and the other MA cities this season? Lowell, MA is the defending National Big city snow champs from the 2014-2015 snow season. You will have to scroll down quite a bit to find Lowell this season as they are currently in 39th place right now. Lowell, MA has 88.7 inches less snow this season compared to last season at this time.

If you remember, last season it was a two-way tie between Worcester, Ma and Syracuse, NY at the end of the season when Mother Nature sneezed and gave Lowell just enough snow to win the Golden Snow Globe snow contest. Or maybe it was an adjustment, wink, wink :P Last season was as close as it could have gotten and was a lot of fun. I’m pretty sure we will have a different snow champ this season, no offense to those of you from Lowell but I don’t think there are enough snow storms left this season to make up 40+ inches of snow.

The second thing that stands out the most is the snow totals or should I say lack of snow totals. This could be the first season since starting the snow contest back in the 2009-2010 season that the winning city may have under 100 inches of snow. Syracuse, NY, the current leader is still almost 30 inches away from 100 inches as of this posting. WOW, what a wimpy snow season for a lot of cities so far. Yes, even though nice weather is taking over I don’t think we are quite done yet ;)

Some Cities Way Below Last Seasons Snow Totals as of 3/6/2016

As always, Keep in mind my fuzzy math ;)

Lowell, MA – Minus 88.7 Inches
Worcester, MA – Minus 83.9 Inches
Boston, MA – Minus 79.8 Inches
Buffalo, NY – Minus 60.8 Inches
Rochester, NY – Minus 59.7 Inches
Providence, RI – 54.1 Inches
Syracuse, NY – Minus 42 Inches
Erie, PA – Minus – 35.5 Inches

And the list goes on as you will see below. There are several cities that are doing a bit better than last season as you will also see below but nothing to really brag about. This season’s snow leaders are on the left and last season’s leaders on the right.

Compare This Snow Season To Last Season

Some of the Top 25 Snowiest
Cities in the United States 2015-2016 Snow Season Updated 3/7/2016

Snowiest City on 3/7

US States
 and Cities

2015 – 2016
Snowfall Totals

Snowiest City 3/7/2015

2014 – 2015
Snowfall Totals

1 Syracuse, New York

72.2

Worcester, Mass

115.6

2 Erie, Pennsylvania

68.3

Syracuse, New York

114.2

3 South Bend, Indiana

66.1

 Lowell, MA

113.6

4 Flint, Michigan

61.6

Buffalo, New York

108.8

5 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

56.6

Boston, Mass

105.7

6 Lakewood, Colorado

53.6

Erie, Pennsylvania

103.8

7 Rochester, New York

53.5

Rochester, New York

95.1

8 Grand Rapids, Michigan

51.7

South Bend, Indiana

79.4

9 Ann Arbor, Michigan

50.5

Grand Rapids, Michigan

77.9

10 Buffalo, New York

48.0

Providence, Rhode Island

73.5

11 Fort Collins, Colorado

45.9

Lakewood, Colorado

70.0

12 Lansing, Michigan

42.5

Cleveland, Ohio

65.9

13 New York, New York (JFK)

40.9

Hartford, Connecticut

59.3

14 Denver, Colorado

38.8

Akron, Ohio

58.8

15 Green Bay, Wisconsin

37.5

Ann Arbor, Michigan

51.3

16 Allentown, Pennsylvania

36.2

Bridgeport, Connecticut

51.3

17 Newark, New Jersey

36.2

Detroit, Michigan

47.5

18 Rochester, Minnesota

35.4

Denver, Colorado

47.5

19 Baltimore, Maryland

35.1

Billings, Montana

47.2

20 Detroit, Michigan

34.0

Pittsburgh,
Pa

45.4

21 Spokane, Washington

33.6

Colorado Springs, Colorado

44.8

22 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

33.3

Toledo, Ohio

44.6

23 Worcester, Mass

31.7

Chicago, Illinois

44.3

24 Salt Lake City, Utah

31.6

Flint, Michigan

43.9

25 Minneapolis, Minnesota

31.2

Allentown, Pennsylvania

43.6

Some of The Other Snowy
Cities in The United States

26 Chicago, Illinois

30.1

New York, New York (Central
Park)

42.5

27 Des Moines, Iowa

30.0

Newark, New Jersey

42.5

28 Anchorage, Alaska

29.3

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

41.5

29 Madison, Wisconsin

28.0

Fort Wayne, Indiana

40.1

30 Omaha, Nebraska

27.4

Rochester, Minnesota

38.3

31 Philadelphia, Pa

27.2

Fort Collins, Colorado

38.2

32 Colorado Springs, Colorado

27.1

Lansing, Michigan

35.6

33 Provo, Utah

27.0

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

31.9

34 Pittsburgh,
Pa

26.1

Rockford, Illinois

30.4

35 Boston, Mass

25.9

Madison, Wisconsin

30.3

36 Bridgeport, Connecticut

25.2

Green Bay, Wisconsin

29.9

37 Akron, Ohio

25.1

Cincinnati, Ohio

29.9

38 Cleveland, Ohio

25.0

Des Moines, Iowa

29.1

39

 Lowell, MA

24.9

Minneapolis, Minnesota

27.2

40 Fargo, North Dakota

24.7

Peoria, Illinois

27.0

41 Billings, Montana

24.4

Philadelphia, Pa

23.0

42 Pueblo, Colorado

24.2

Anchorage, Alaska

20.7

43 Reno, Nevada

24.1

Spokane, Washington

16.6

44 Manchester, New Hampshire

23.0

Provo, Utah

10.1

45 Rockford, Illinois

23.0

46 Washington DC
(National)

22.2

47 Lincoln, Nebraska

20.5

48 Providence, Rhode Island

19.4

49 Fort Wayne, Indiana

19.0

50 Toledo, Ohio

17.7

51 Columbus, Ohio

16.8

52 Peoria, Illinois

15.3

53 Lubbock, Texas

13.3

54 Indianapolis, Indiana

13.3

55 Albuquerque, New Mexico

9.8

Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

Lowell, Ma, Winner of The National Golden Snow Globe Contest

Congratulations to Lowell, Massachusetts and to the fine folks in Lowell on being the snowiest Big city in the united states for the 2014-2015 snow season. This has by far been the closest snow contest since it began several seasons back. Less than an inch separates the top 3 cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest.

It was looking like the contest was going to end up in a tie between Worcester, Ma and Syracuse, NY for awhile but Lowell managed to pull it off beating both Syracuse and Worcester by only 0.9 of an inch. Syracuse and Worcester both ended the snow season with 119.7 inches of snowfall.

Lowell, Ma deserves the bragging rights after setting their all-time seasonal snow record of 111.5 inches that dated back to the 1947-1948 season according to the National Weather Service website. Unless it snow tonight ;) Lowell has set their all time seasonal record with 120.6 inches this season, 2014-2015. Way to go Lowell!

I was going to drag out the contest a little longer but figured Nah. OK, today is the last day of the 2014-2015 snow season believe it or not. Really!!! The new 2015-2016 snow season starts tomorrow, July 1st :P I have never waited this long to call the National snow contest but being the Sissyman that I am I was a little worried with it being sooo close and that perhaps some corrections would be made by the National Weather Service that I decided to hold off. I did call both National Weather Service office’s that handle Lowell, Worcester and Syracuse to make sure it was safe and both said to call it and both said it was.

I will do a more detailed summary when I have a little more time in the next few days. Once again Congrats to all of you in Lowell, Ma. It’s been a really fun season as always :)

Have a Great Summer All!

First off as always I want to give a Big Thanks to Tom P. for your generous donation to the site. It really helps out and I appreciate you taking the time. Thanks Tom :)
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OK, I thought with the snow contest being this close that it would be interesting to see how an average (no such thing as average ;) ) April is for the Top 7 cities in the snow contest this season.

Below is how April normally plays out for the cities listed including what the record snowfall is for April and the season that it happened. I went with the current Top 7 snowiest big cities in the country as of 4/2/2015.

I was a little surprised to see that Rochester, New York on average receives the most snow in April out of the cities listed below. I was also surprised to see that Rochester and Boston have the highest snowfall for April in the past seasons. With the National snow contest this close, it will be fun to see how April plays out :)

All of the stats are from the National Weather Service. The dates next to the city name is the date that the NWS started keeping records for that city I believe.

April Average Snowfall and Record snowfall for Top 7 Cities

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Worcester, MA – 1891 – 1892
Average – 2.9
Max – 21.0 – 1987
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Syracuse, NY – 1901 – 1902
Average 3.5
Max 16.4 – 1983
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Lowell, MA – 1888 – 1889 (Lots of seasons missing)
Average – 1.7
Max – 19.2 – 1997
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Buffalo, NY – 1884 – 1885
Average – 2.9
Max – 15.0 1975
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Boston, MA – 1890 – 1891
Average – 1.3
Max – 22.4 – 1997
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Erie, PA – 1892 – 1893
Average – 2.7
Max – 19.3 – 1901
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Rochester, NY – 1870 – 1871
Average – 3.8
Max – 25.1 – 1874
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Have an Awesome Easter Weekend Everyone :)

Syracuse, NY has taken over the top spot on the snow mountain and is now the snowiest Big city (pop – 100,000 or more)in the Country. The question now is seeing how the national snow contest is so close can Syracuse hold on to it? WTG Syracuse :)

Syracuse managed to just slip past Worcester, MA to take over the top spot but the snow contest is really close with at least a handful of cities still in the running for the bragging rights of snowiest big city in the country.

I’ll have to look back but I believe this is the first time that Syracuse has been able to climb all the way to the top of the snow mountain. Grand Rapids held on to the number 1 spot for a good part of the snow season. Erie, PA managed to reach the peak and held on to the lead for quite awhile until a snowball fight broke out between Worcester and Lowell, MA. Those two cities went back and forth at the top for a little while before Worcester managed to take control of the throne at the top of the mountain ;)

Click Here for The Top 25 Snowiest Big Cities in The US

Syracuse got a slow start to the 2014-2015 snow season and has been slowing inching their way to the top since around February. I have a feeling that we will still be seeing several more lead changes before one of the cities gets enough of a snow cushion to ride it out on the top of the mountain until the warm weather settles in for good. That should be sometime around June ;) Stay Tuned for another update later in the day!

Breaking news all over the place but unfortunately so far some of it’s unofficial. I’m still waiting for the Boston NWS to put out some new snow totals for Boston, Worcester and Lowell. I think it’s safe to say that Boston, Massachusetts broke their all-time seasonal snow record today though :)

The Boston National Weather Service did put out a graphic which I think we can count as official :)

Boston broke the old snowiest season on record of 107.6 inches of snowfall set back in the 1995-1996 snow season. The new record according to the NWS in Boston is now currently at 108.6 inches set just a little while ago today, 3/15/2015 for the 2014-2015 snow season. WTG BOSTON :)

Boston, MA Breaks Snowiest season record 2014-2015

Stay Tunedfor More Breaking News and again CONGRATULATIONS BOSTON!!!

First off I want to Say Thanks You to Nils S. for your generous donation to the snow site this morning. It helps out a lot but also means a lot that you took the time. Thanks Nils, I really appreciate it :)
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OK, According to the National Weather Service in Boston, Boston, MA has joined the 100 inch club now making it only a handful of Big cities (pop 100,000+) to have 100 inches of snow this season. Way to go Boston and keep it snowing ;)

According to the Boston NWS twitter page Boston picked up another 1.9 inches of new snowfall so far which as of their tweet would give Boston a total of 101.8 inches of snow on the season. Boston like several other cities are closing in on their all time seasonal snowfall record of 107.6 inches of snow.

Right now as far as I know and have found there are now only 5 Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more to have 100 inches of snow this season. So far we have Worcester, Lowell and Boston, Ma – Buffalo and Syracuse, NY in the 100 inch club. Erie, Ap will most likely be the next Big city to hit the 100 inch mark :)

I would hate to see a warm front move in now when all of the cities are this close to breaking their seasonal snow records. According to the NWS Boston only needs 5.9 inches to break the seasonal snow record that was set back during the 1995-1996 snow season. Just think, the records for Boston go all the way back to 1875 and you are only 5.9 inches away… Go Boston, it’s just a snowballs throw away so you all got this :)

Wow, hard to believe that all of that information was posted in one tweet by the Boston NWS. You can follow them on twitter using the handle @NWSBoston .

Have an awesome day everyone :)

A Big Thank You to Jim J. and Cathy C. for your donations to the snow site and for taking the time. Also Thank You Both for the kind words and Cathy I am visiting my daughter where unfortunately there is now snow so that won’t be a problem getting to the kind of store you suggest ;) Thanks Jim and Cathy :)

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I just wanted to let everyone know that we have a Group page on Facebook and we have a good group of people that have joined so far. Some fun pictures and articles get posted pretty much everyday including people sharing photos from the snow they have received in several different cities this season. No cover charge either ;)

Click Here to Join Our Snowiest City Facebook Page

Right now we have people from several different areas including Boston, Worcester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Erie and too many to mention. The group keeps growing by the hour and Thankfully for technology it’s not standing room only and you can sit while talking about the snow you love/hate…

The group is also open to the Weather Pros both local and national forecasters and meteorologists. Also open to any of my good friends in the media and I have noticed a couple of both have joined so far. Most of us are just regular folk talking about how much fun the snow is especially wondering where to put it in some Cities :)

A good place to start your morning with a warm cup of coffee but you most likely won’t see me there. I’ll probably be just going to bed when you wake up. A good place to check out after work to see what’s going on in the snow world and what the current forecasts, predictions and so on are. Did I say it’s a fun group of people who have joined so far ;)

Click Here to Join Our Snowiest City Facebook Page.

First as always I want to give a Big Thanks to Alicia M. for you donation to the snow site. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you taking the time. Thanks Alicia :)
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Updated 2/18 5:00 PM –
Right from the start I want to give a Big Thanks to Kim Buttrick from the Boston Weather Forecast Office in Taunton, MA for taking the time and helping me to clear things up. Not to mention taking the time to educate me on several things weather related. Thanks Kim, I can sleep again and I appreciate it ;) Kim is (CoOp) Co-operation Manager for the Boston Weather Forecast Office which handles the 3 cities from Massachusetts that are in the National snow contest and right now in the top 3 spots in the contest. Well of course by the time I ever get this typed that may change :(

OK, so I ended up doing something today that I said I wasn’t going to do and don’t normally do :( I have been seeing snow stat totals floating around for Lowell, MA and have for the last few days that didn’t match up with what we have posted. They also didn’t match up with what the National Weather Service is showing on their website. I see this all of the time and I am a pretty patient guy and normally just blow them off. I figured I would wait a day or two or three and see if maybe it was just a matter of the National Weather Service site being behind a bit. After all I’m sure they are pretty busy crunching numbers on their side after all of the storms they have been getting.

It finally got to the point where news organizations were putting out misinformation that Lowell was in first place and were the snowiest Big city in the US. Most of the news media and journalists that I know were holding off on doing a story about it. I also was seeing stuff like Lowell, MA ahead and confirmed going around but nothing about the source from the National Weather Service that confirmed it.

It was finally time to check it out and to see for myself if I could get something confirmed from the only source that can confirm it. That would be The NWS office that handles the statistics for Lowell so I made the call and happened to get Lucky. Like I mentioned above I was able to get in touch with the exact person that I needed to speak with which was Kim who was totally awesome at helping me straighten things out :)

Kim took the time to go through the snow stats that have been reported for Lowell were up to date as of 6:00 am this morning when the last measurements came in from the Cooperative Weather Observing Station. She also mentioned that they were getting calls there about Lowell being the snowiest big city in the US and was wondering why. I gave her a quick briefing of the probable why and Kim said she may put out a weather brief or statement or whatever she called it(I type slow :) ) to straighten things out about the rumors that have been going around.

Here is a statement or at least most of what I was able to write down fast enough from Kim who is the (CoOp) Co-operation Manager for the Boston Weather Forecast Office – As of 6:00 am this morning 2/18 100.8 inches of snow has been reported from an Official Weather Observing Station for Lowell, MA. Kim said that that is what Lowell has as of that time for the season.

I believe Kim also told me that the official measurements for Lowell come from the Water Treatment Plant there. Thanks once again Kim for taking the time to straighten things out and I hope your calls and emails stop too ;)

Once last thing! What really stood out from our conversation is how much Kim appreciates all of the work and time put in by the snow spotters that send reports in. She mentioned their dedication and brought up all of you snow spotters several time and nothing but praise. So if you ever fells discouraged for whatever reason keep in mind you are appreciated ;)

OK, it still comes down to the 3 cities which are Worcester, Lowell and Boston as of the earlier update are the Top 3 snowiest BIG cities (pop of 100,000 or more) in the country. WAY TO GO MASS!!!

Kim, feel free to contact me if I misquoted or have anything wrong here, Thanks!

A Big Thanks to Robert M. and Tim S. for your donations to the snow site today. I can’t say it enough how much they help me out and how much I appreciate you taking the time. Thanks Guys :

To Robert, tell your daughter I appreciate her sympathy on the situation with out Syracuse men’s basketball team ;) Oh, and don’t count Syracuse out just yet in the snow contest ;)

To Tim, my pleasure to help you out and I WILL do exactly what you said to do with the donation, cheers ;)
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Updated 2/11/15 10:00 am - I just wanted to give a heads up that with the storms hitting the North East US the last couple of weeks most likely there will be more cities being added to the National Snow Contest. I have been getting some emails and comments letting me know about cities that were previously not in the contest.

Keep in mind that there are I’m sure hundreds of cities with a population of 100,000 or more that do get snow. Not all of them can be added nor should they be added. That said with the unusual pattern we are in there are some new cities that have been getting pounded by snow and will most likely make the Top 25 list.

The problem right now for me is going to be trying to figure out most likely by calling some of the National Weather Service’s stations for each city to see if the snow stats are official or not. Soooo in other words it’s going to take some time to get the info and put it all together ;) I think until then we should keep everything as UNOFFICIAL for now :( OK, it’s not like it hasn’t always been like that I suppose ;)

IF YOU have or know of a city with a population of 100,000 or more as of the 2010 census that has enough snow right now to make it into the Top 30 snowiest cities on our list please feel free to help us out. Keep in mind that as good as the National Weather Service is Not all of the cities report the statistics for their snowfall. Thanks and Stay Tuned..
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I just updated the snow stats and switched it back to the current snow totals and what they should be on this date in the season. What stands out big time is that Both Worcester, Mass and Boston are both 50 plus inches over where they should be this time in the season. Pretty impressive IMO and WTG.

Almost all of the cities in the Top 25 are ever their normal (If there is such a thing) snowfall on the date this season. Syracuse, NY also stands out being the only city in the Top 10 snowiest cities in the country to be under their averages and they are under by more than a foot of snow.

Click Here for The New Top 25 Update

I added Manchester, New Hampshire to the contest today and with the way the storms are going there will be probably more to add. I had some suggestions to add a couple more cities but unfortunately I couldn’t come across any official snow stats on the National Weather Service website. Right now I am seeing a couple different totals for Manchester at the NOAA site and I will try and straighten out what is going on when I get a chance. That is why the question mark is there after their totals.

Have a Great Night Everyone ;)

I just wanted to give a big Thanks to Sandy R. for your donation to the snow site. It helps out a lot and I really appreciate. Thanks Sandy :)
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Updated 2/9 5:30 PM – The breaking news that I think some of were expecting did play out and as of the last update Worcester, Ma has taken the lead away from our good friends in Erie, Pa. The new Top 10 snowiest Big cities are posted but I’m still finishing updating the rest top 25 snowiest cities. WTG Worcester and more to come in a bit.

Worcester, Ma is also the 1st city to hit the 90 inch mark and they are in the 90 inch club but it has to be a boring club because they are alone right now ;)
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Updated 9 am 2/9/15 – Worcester continues to storm their way up the snow mountain and they seem to set set in a pattern right now and it’s a good one if you like snow. Worcester barely slipped past Buffalo, NY on the Golden Snow Globe snow mountain and are now back in the number 2 slot. Erie, Pa who has been camped out at the peak of the snow mountain may want to start taking down the tents and Please don’t forget this is a carry out mountain ;)

Erie, Pennsylvania, defending snow champs from last season are still the king of the mountain but their lead has been melted away to just 1.4 inches of snow. Looking at the Radar I think it’s looking pretty good right now that some time today we will have a new leader and my hunch is that it is going to be Worcester, Massachusetts ;)

The top 3 cities in the National snow contest are really close right now and I think this is going to be a battle right til the end of the season. Worcester has been a worthy competitor for several seasons but it will be tough holding onto the top spot if and more like when they take the 1st place slot. Even with Lake Erie pretty much frozen over (I’ll have to check on that) Erie, Pa and Buffalo, NY will still be piling up some more snow to add to their snowfall totals.

Don’t count out some of the other cities like Syracuse which moved into 4th place yesterday. They are know for their late season comebacks and I think this storm was the jump start they needed this season. Lake effect has been minimum for Syracuse and Rochester too this season. Grand Rapids isn’t through getting in the snowball fights and I’m sure it’s the same with South Bend too.

Not much being said about Boston, Mass but I think we have to include them in when talking about the snowiest city in the US this season with a population of 100,000 or more. These 3 storms in a row that I think hit in a matter of just two weeks have sledded Boston all the way up to the number 6 spot on the snow mountain. WTG Boston with 62.5 inches of snow so far and counting. OK, enough for now but STAY TUNED for the late date update. It should be really interesting to see if we have a new leader ;)
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Updated 2/9 130 AM -Worcester, Mass just updated their snow stats a little while ago and they are now also in the 80 inches of snow club along with Erie, Pa and Buffalo, NY. Buffalo normally doesn’t report until around 5am and when they do it will probably be a super close snow race. I think the question right now is which city will be in 2nd place in the morning? Stay tuned and Good Night ;)
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Updated 8 PM 2/8 – Buffalo, New York hit 80 inches of snow the last update. Only 2 cities are in the 80 inch club right now which are Erie, PA and Buffalo ;)
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This could be one of the biggest comebacks that I can remember since starting the National Snow Contest with Worcester, MA having a real shot at moving into the top spot on the snow mountain. I’m sure it’s probably getting old for the folks in some of the cities that seem to be in the snow pattern we are in and just keep getting pounded. BTW, no public school for you kids and teachers in Boston tomorrow and Tuesday, Whooo Hooo ;) Most likely Worcester and other parts of Mass but check with your local sites on that..

I just got an update in and Worcester isn’t reporting this time round. Boston did have new snow stats and managed to jump up another spot already. Boston, MA just passed Rochester, NY to move into 7th place in the national snow contest. I have a feeling they will be climbing up some more when all is said and done. WTG Boston ;)

Syracuse, NY, yes I can finally talk a little about my hometown also jumped up a spot sliding past Grand Rapids, Michigan to move into the 4th place spot. Syracuse really needs to cut into some of the lead from this snow storm or else they could be in trouble. Just remember that Syracuse’s nickname is the comeback city ;)

I am going to be posting a lot more right here in this post as the snow stats come in. WHAT IS IT DOING IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. Feel free to post a comment right here and keep us all updated… Stay Tuned, this is going to be fun watching to see how all of the cities do.

Please drive safe and stay safe everyone and have an Awesome Night :)