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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


Worcester, Mass


2 Erie, Pennsylvania


Syracuse, New York


3 South Bend, Indiana


 Lowell, MA


4 Flint, Michigan


Buffalo, New York


5 Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Boston, Mass


6 Lakewood, Colorado


Erie, Pennsylvania


7 Rochester, New York


Rochester, New York


8 Grand Rapids, Michigan


South Bend, Indiana


9 Ann Arbor, Michigan


Grand Rapids, Michigan


10 Buffalo, New York


Providence, Rhode Island


11 Fort Collins, Colorado


Lakewood, Colorado


12 Lansing, Michigan


Cleveland, Ohio


13 New York, New York (JFK)


Hartford, Connecticut


14 Denver, Colorado


Akron, Ohio


15 Green Bay, Wisconsin


Ann Arbor, Michigan


16 Allentown, Pennsylvania


Bridgeport, Connecticut


17 Newark, New Jersey


Detroit, Michigan


18 Rochester, Minnesota


Denver, Colorado


19 Baltimore, Maryland


Billings, Montana


20 Detroit, Michigan




21 Spokane, Washington


Colorado Springs, Colorado


22 Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Toledo, Ohio


23 Worcester, Mass


Chicago, Illinois


24 Salt Lake City, Utah


Flint, Michigan


25 Minneapolis, Minnesota


Allentown, Pennsylvania


Some of The Other Snowy
Cities in The United States

26 Chicago, Illinois


New York, New York (Central


27 Des Moines, Iowa


Newark, New Jersey


28 Anchorage, Alaska


Milwaukee, Wisconsin


29 Madison, Wisconsin


Fort Wayne, Indiana


30 Omaha, Nebraska


Rochester, Minnesota


31 Philadelphia, Pa


Fort Collins, Colorado


32 Colorado Springs, Colorado


Lansing, Michigan


33 Provo, Utah


Sioux Falls, South Dakota


34 Pittsburgh,


Rockford, Illinois


35 Boston, Mass


Madison, Wisconsin


36 Bridgeport, Connecticut


Green Bay, Wisconsin


37 Akron, Ohio


Cincinnati, Ohio


38 Cleveland, Ohio


Des Moines, Iowa



 Lowell, MA


Minneapolis, Minnesota


40 Fargo, North Dakota


Peoria, Illinois


41 Billings, Montana


Philadelphia, Pa


42 Pueblo, Colorado


Anchorage, Alaska


43 Reno, Nevada


Spokane, Washington


44 Manchester, New Hampshire


Provo, Utah


45 Rockford, Illinois


46 Washington DC


47 Lincoln, Nebraska


48 Providence, Rhode Island


49 Fort Wayne, Indiana


50 Toledo, Ohio


51 Columbus, Ohio


52 Peoria, Illinois


53 Lubbock, Texas


54 Indianapolis, Indiana


55 Albuquerque, New Mexico


Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)

Updated 2/10 7:00 PM – Erie marches back to the Top of the snow mountain into the number 1 spot. Congrats Erie, for now anyways ;)

I figured it was going to be kind of close looking at some snow stats a little earlier. I had a feeling Erie was going to get enough snow this morning and today to take the lead away from Lakewood, CO. The only thing I was concerned about was that I saw that Sioux Falls, SD was getting some snow and thought they may have had a shot at regaining the lead also in the snow contest ;)

Stay Tuned and it will be interesting as to which city will come out on top come tomorrow ;)

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National Snowiest Big City In United States Contest

The Golden Snow Globe contest has really been starting to take shape the last week or two with many cities getting enough snow to have a shot at being the King of the Snow Mountain. The good news is that all of the Great Lakes are pretty much wide open which means Lake Effect snow for everyone :) Whether we like it or not there is still a lot of snow season left. Yeah, I know, be quiet huh ;)

With the Great Lakes having little ice on them compared to an average winter season this is a good chance for some of the cities further down the list to start their comeback. Cities like Buffalo, NY have a good chance to move up quite a bit this week and I am guessing they will… And where is Rochester, NY this season and a few others. It’s time to join the snowball fight and have some fun :)

Great Lakes Ice Cover 2/9/2016

Erie, PA which was the King of the snow mountain not too long ago picked up just enough snow to climb their way into the number 3 spot yesterday. Snow is in the forecast for the next several days for a lot of the Golden Snow Globe cities and it will be interesting to see if/when we have a new King of the mountain. I’m guessing sooner rather than later.

Lakewood, Colorado still holds the lead in the National snow contest for Big cities (population of 100,000+) but only by 1.7 inches over second place Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Erie, PA is in 3rd, Fort Collins, CO is in a tie for 4th place right now with Syracuse, New York.

Several of the cities along the great lakes are under lake effect snow watches or warnings now. With the Artic air that is expected to move into the Northeast and other places in the US no doubt, some decent snow will be falling the next several days. It’s going to be fun watching the cities slip and slide up and down the snow mountain :)

A lot of us have been paying attention to the cities around Lake Ontario and Lake Erie but I think it’s time to keep an eye on a couple of the cities around Lake Michigan which is still wide open. South Bend, Indiana and Flint, Michigan come to mind and both cities broke into the Top 10 this last update. I was checking out the radar a little while ago and it looks like Lake Michigan’s lake effect snow machines are cranking out snow in full force right now.

Stay Tuned and Stay Safe All. As always, if You See Snow – Drive Slow! Have a great day ;)

The Massettchusetts cities, Worcester, Boston and Lowell finally got some decent snow and Worcester was able to finally break into the Top 25 snowiest cities.

On a side note (Shameless Plug) – The semi-annual fundraiser (actually the first ever) is going on for the snow site(s) right now. In other words, if you have a couple of bucks or if you’re Bill Gates a few million to donate to help out the snow site (Me), now is a pretty good time. If you don’t, no problem because I don’t either. If so, you do not have to join PayPal in order to donate to the site and all of your info is between you and PayPal other than your name so I know who donated and I can Thank You. Yeah, I know this post is lame but kind of necessary right now. Go Northeast and it’s gonna be fun from here on!

* Thank You Jennifer M. for your donation and for taking the time. They help out a lot Jennifer and I really do appreciate it :)
* Thanks Debra A. for taking the time. I truly appreciate it :)
* I want to give a Big Thanks to John A. for your donation tonight. It helps out more than you know John :)
* Thanks Stephen S. for your donation today. Words even above can’t explain how much it helps me out :)

Updated 1/21 2:00 AM -Erie, PA is the new King of the snow mountain right now. As of the last update Erie, PA has taken the top spot away from Sioux Falls, SD by one snowflake. Keep in mind that I only updated the Top 5 cities after getting a heads up from Erie’s very own Geoff Cornish. Thanks Geoff for the heads up and making me stay up a little later, j/k ;) Check out the news and Geoffs forecasts for Erie at

Stay Tuned for full update sometime tomorrow when I wake up. Don’t hold your breath for a morning update ;)


Updated 1/20 8 PM -Syracuse, NY has managed to get just enough snowflakes to slip past Erie, PA and to move onto the 2 slot of the snow mountain. Sioux Falls still is the King of the snow mounatin right now by a couple of inches give or take.

I’m loving the way the snow contest has been taking shape this past week and loving how close it is. Some of the other cities that we are use to seeing on the top have been steadily climbing their way to the top. The storm that is expected to hit the coast this weekend should make it even more interesting and fun.

Fun is what the snow contest is all about folks. So have fun and Please take this storm seriously if it’s in the forecast for your area. Have a Great Night and Drive Safe :)


Updated 1/19 8 PM - The snow race is getting exciting and the big question as we all waited for this last update is did Erie take the lead? Better yet did Erie manage to stay in 2nd place?

The answer can be found on the Top 25 page :P Just to give you a heads up before you go there I have to mention that Syracuse broke a date record today breaking the old record of 7.3 inches set back in 2003 and no I’m not saying how much yet No doubt the Golden Snow Globe bears are chasing Syracuse’s butts too ;)


The way Erie, Pennsylvania has been sledding up the snow mountain you would think they are being chased by a Golden Snow Globe snow bear or something. Is there a such thing as a snow bear and do we have them on the mountain? Maybe it’s not a snow bear and it’s Syracuse, New York they are trying to stay ahead of. Both cities have been climbing towards the top of the National snow contest for Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

Cute little polar bear cubs in the snow.

Both Erie, PA and Syracuse have been able to connect with some decent Lake Effect snow this last week or so moving into the Top 5 of the snowiest BIG cities in the country. The new Top 5 as of this last update are now Sioux Falls, SD, Erie, PA, Lakewood, CO, Spokane, WA and Syracuse, NY. Many other cities have also been breaking camp finally and making the trek to the top of the snow mountain now that the cold air is finally sticking around.

In the last week give or take a day Erie has gone from the 14th slot in the snowiest city contest to the number 2 slot. It will be interesting come the next update to see if Erie can take away the top spot from Sioux Falls. Stay tuned ;)

Syracuse has moved all the way up the snow mountain from the 41st spot to move into the number 5 slot the last several days. Like Erie and several other cities, they hooked into some decent lake effect snow the last week give or take.

The last 7 days have helped several cities in the North East catch up either a little or a lot and the snow contest is finally starting to take shape. Oh, it gets even better maybe for those of you who remember how last season’s snow race went. It went right down to the finish with Lowell, MA pulling out a victory at the very end beating Syracuse and Worcester, MA which were in a tie.

As of this last update last season’s snow champs Lowell are in 47th place give or take with just 6.3 inches of snow so far for the 2015-2016 snow season. Boston isn’t even in the Top 50 right now. The thing is and I’m guessing, most of the cities from the north that are near the bottom right now probably were last season also at this time but then… Then all of the Nor’Easter’s and storms started hitting. Pretty close to right about this time in the season.

Hmmm, did someone say storm? They did and I see all of the pros talking about a storm getting ready to hit some of those cities in the near future that have been hanging at the bottom of the snow mountain. Cities like Boston, Philly and many others. You all know that I am clueless so check with your favorite Meteorologist to get more information on what they are expecting to be a Nor’Easter hitting the coast sometime come Friday and Saturday. Hey, Have a Great Day Everyone ;)

I was updating the snow stats last night and noticed that Amarillo, Texas is under a blizzard warning. I’m thinking of the snow that the northeast has received so far or should I say lack of snow received and just thinking how crazy this snow season has been.

From The National Weather Service For Amarillo, TX







A blizzard warning issued for Amarillo, Texas

Record temperatures are/were being broken all over the eastern half of the United States while some of the cities to the west are and have been getting snow all season. Spokane Washington moved into second place after yesterdays update as they flew up the snow mountain the last week or so. Not so unusual for Spokane to get some good snowfall though.

What is pretty unusual is seeing cities like Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amarillo, Texas, Reno, Nevada and several other cities ahead of the northeast cities right now as far as snow totals go. They are ahead of cities such as Syracuse, New York which on average is the snowiest big city in the United states with a population of 100,000 or more. Ahead of Erie, PA, Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY and Grand Rapids, Michigan which are some of the other snowiest big cities in the US. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy weather to say the least.

It looks like some colder air will finally be settling in sometime soon and may even stick around for awhile this time. It may be time to finally get the leaves raked up :)

Have a Great Weekend Everyone and as always – See Snow, Drive Slow.

Updated 11/20 - Just a quick post to say Congrats to Anchorage, Alaska for being the first Big city with a pop of 100,000 or more to be the first city to join the 1 foot of snow club this season. It should be interesting to see if any of the other cities will join you now that some cold air is around. WTG Anchorage :)

Snowiest city in the United States


11/19 – OK, Compared to last season at this time, a lot of the Big cities in the snowiest city in the US contest have less snow so far to date. There are a handful of cities that really stand out and a few that have less than a foot, almost 2 feet less snow than they did last year at this time in the snow season.

Grand Rapids, Michigan as of yesterday is only showing a Trace of snow so far for the 2015-2016 snow season. Last season at this time they had 23.4 inches of snowfall at this time. If it seems like a nice Winter season so far for you folks in Grand Rapids, it is. Almost two feet of snow behind the 2014-2015 season :)

Erie, Pennsylvania which only has a Trace of snow also so far looked like they were going for a repeat win last season starting out strong with 17.8 inches of snow at this time last season. Erie, Pa was competitive as always but too many storms, lake effect events just missed them. If it wasn’t for the near misses Erie’s totals probably would have been a couple feet higher by the end of the season. Stop slacking Erie and get it going. You have 17+ inches to catch up to last season :P

South Bend Indiana also started out really strong at the beginning of last season. South Bend had 17 inches of snow by now. Right now South Bend is reporting just a Trace of snowfall this season also.

A couple others who are dragging this season are Cleveland, Ohio and Boise, Idaho. Cleveland had 9.4 inches of snow last season compared to 0.1 inches so far this season. Boise had 7.6 inches about this time in the 2014-2016 snow season compared to 0.8 inches of snow as of yesterday.

The list goes on and on with cities in the Golden Snow Globe contest that are below the amount of snow that they had last season at this time. In fact most of the cities are behind what their average snowfall shoulf be for this time of the year. I have a feeling that several of the cities will be catching up in the next week or so though with some cold air moving into some of the cities. Stay Tuned ;) Click Here for Current Snow Totals!

Have an Awesome Night Everyone!

Congrats to Syracuse, New York on being the second Big city with a population of 100,000 or more to get some snow for the new 2015 – 2016 snow season. Anchorage, Alaska started off this season’s snow contest a little while back picking up 2.8 inches of snow.

Syracuse, NY is reporting 0.4 inches for yesterday, 10/18 and although it isn’t a lot of snow it is enough to move them into second place in the Golden Snow Globe contest. A few smaller towns not too far from Syracuse received up to 9 inches of snow.

With the cold in the air, there were a lot of snowflakes falling, but so far Syracuse is the only city to report measurable snow in the last couple of days. If you know or hear of any other cities with a population of 100,000 or more please leave a comment here to let us know and Thanks ;)

So after the last couple of days with the cold air that blew into the north and northeast we now have a bunch of cities that have received some snowflake to give them a trace of snow. 18 of the Golden Snow Globe cities are reporting at least a trace of snow. We are off to a good start and I have a feeling it’s going to be a fun snow contest once again this season :)

Stay Tuned and Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

First as always I want to give a Big Thanks to David G. for your generous donation to the snow site. I appreciate you taking the time and it helps out a lot. Thanks a lot David :)


Worcester, MA picked up another 2.4 inches of new snow yesterday to slip past Syracuse, NY and Lowell, MA to move into the #1 spot on the snow mountain. WTG Worcester ;)

Worcester is now blowing away Syracuse by 0.1 of an inch of snow. OK, blowing away may be a bit strong but I am impressed at how close the 2014-2015 snow race is right now and every tenth of an inch matters right now. Here we are just a couple of days away from April and there are still plenty of cities still getting snow across the country.

Every snowflake counts right now because sooner or later (later :( ) the warm air has to move into the U.S. and stay for good. Right now, less than an inch of snow separates the Top 3 cities in the snow contest which are Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts and Syracuse, New York.

In my opinion, there are at least 5 cities still in the running for the National Snow King title for snowiest Big cities and perhaps even 7 cities depending on how the next several days play out. Syracuse has been pretty quiet the last few days while a few of the other cities have been slowly adding to their totals. Buffalo has been closing the gap on Syracuse which could play out big time in the NY Golden Snowball snow contest.

Stay Tuned because this snow race is far from being over. I just hope I am not counting snowflakes til the end of June ;) Have a Great Day All…

I want to give a Big Thanks to Karen S. for your kind donation to the snow site. The donations help out a lot and Thank You for taking the time, I truly appreciate it Karen :)


Updated 3/2/15 - According to the National Weather Service’s last update Worcester, Massachusetts has once again taken the top of the snow mountain away from Lowell, MA. Both cities have been having their own little snowball fight and it looks like Worcester came out on top this round.

I think it’s time for a couple of the other cities to start playing at the top of the mountain. It will take less than 4 inches for Syracuse to take the top spot in the snowiest Big city snow contest and they are sitting in 3rd place right now.

Less than 10 inches separate the Top 6 cities right now and we all know that is just a storms throw away for any of the cities moving into the number 1 spot. Snow is in the forecast for a lot of the ities this week so you know it is going to be a interesting and better yet a fun week ahead. Have a great day and look for another update later in the day :)

3/1 - I can finally say to last seasons snow champs Welcome to The 100 Inch Club Erie, Pennsylvania :) Erie has been hanging at the 99 inch mark for a few days now but finally managed to pick up enough snow to join the club. It gets even better for Erie, you just slipped past Boston, MA to move into the number 5 slot on the snow mountain. WTG Erie and keep it snowing ;)

We now have 6 Big cities (pop of 100,000 or more) in the 100 inches of snow club which are Lowell, Boston and Worcester, MA, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY and now Erie, PA. It’s a close snow race and any of those cities have a shot at winning the National snow contest this season. Let’s see if a few of the other cities can also make a comeback before the snowflakes stop falling. Of course that could be sometime in May the way the 2nd half of the season has been playing out :)

A lot of the cities in the snow contest added new snow to their totals today and it’s still snowing in a lot of them still. Tomorrow should be interesting and I have a feeling the Top 5 may change again. Stay tuned and welcome to the club Erie, it’s about time you decided to start playing again…

Have an Awesome Night Everyone and be careful out there…

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 :)

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 things first As always! I want to say Thank You to Bonnie C. for your kind donation to the snow site and also for the kind words and for sharing the newsletter with me, I loved it. I truly appreciate you taking the time Bonnie and Thanks again :)

It looks like Worcester, MA was liking it at the top of the snow mountain because they are back on the top. This time they have company though and they are sharing it with Lowell, MA the city that took over the top spot a day or two ago. Play nice up there and enjoy it while you can because I think Syracuse, Erie, Buffalo and a few others have their eye set on the Snow Crown too ;)

I will have to look back to see if there was a tie earlier this season (Don’t count on that ;) ) but it’s always nice when two cities are sitting at the top of the snow mountain. Worcester is a city that has been at the top of the mountain already this season and held it for awhile. Lowell, a city that came out of nowhere this season has been charging up the mountain and now that they are there it may be tough to bump them off the top.

I think the folks in Lowell don’t mind sharing with another fellow city from Massachusetts :) According to the NWS and Shawn Kelley who runs the Mill City Weather page on Facebook, Lowell, MA is closing in on their all time snowiest season’s snow totals of 111.5 set way back in the 1947-1948 season. You can check Mill City Weather out at

Boston just missed passing Buffalo for the number 3 slot on the snow mountain coming up shy of just 0.4 of an inch. Boston continues to add to their snow totals and added another 2.4 inches of fresh snow yesterday. Boston, Mass is only around 5 inches away from the TWO leaders now. How dare I was counting you out not too long ago Boston ;)

Da’Cuse is in the house :) OK, being from Syracuse, NY I always try to keep my posts unbias buttttt. Here come Da’Cuse, Here Come DA’CUSE!!! Hey, every now and then I have to open up a little. Syracuse which is the snowiest Big city on average in the US just got into a snowball fight with Erie, PA and came out the Victors. Syracuse started out slow this season but has begun their late season charge up the mountain once again this season. Syracuse barely slipped past Erie, PA to move into the #5 slot in the Golden Snow Globe contest and are just a little over 8 inches from the TWO leaders, Lowell and Worcester. No doubt this snow race is close with more than normal still having a shot at winning this season. Stay tuned ;)

Feel free to join our FB Group which is open to both snow lovers and haters. Our group has a mix of both in it and there is some good info, pictures and stories being exchanged. Also a good place to be the first to get some breaking news ;) Click Here to Join the Golden Snow Globe Facebook Group, Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)