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The national Golden Snow Globe contest for snowiest big cities is getting even more interesting now that some of the Northeast cities have come out to play. Sioux Falls, SD has been leading the snow contest for awhile now but some cold air has finally hit most of the North East.

For most of the 2015-2016 snow season, it’s been the cities in the Western United states and Mid US hanging near the top of the Golden Snow Globe mountain. The last several days the artci air has finally moved into the eastern have of the US bringing some decent snowfall to some of the cities that are normally camped out by now on top of the snow mountain.

Cities like Syracuse and Buffalo, NY, Erie, PA and Grand Rapids, MI have been camping at the bottom of the snow mountain up until the last few days. Most of those cities weren’t even in the top 30 just a couple of days ago. With the cold air moving in over the warmer than normal Great Lakes the Lake Effect Machines finally started to crank out some snow for the cities near the lakes.

The cities from MAssachuesettes seem to be staying out of the snowball fights so far this season though :( Last seasons snow champ Lowell, MA wasn’t even in the Top 50 as of the last update. Come on out and play Boston, Worcester and Lowell. You’ll have fun. Don’t count them out yet because I’m pretty sure that the snow storms that hit that neck of the woods last season didn’t start for at least another week or so. Plenty of time for them to play catch-up :)

No doubt this is going to be a fun snow contest now that most of the cities have come out to play in the snow. It will be interesting to see if the cities to the northeast can play catch up now. I’m pretty sure they are going to keep getting the snow for awhile but chances are so are the cities at the top.

It’s been a little quiet snow-wise in Sioux Falls the last week or so but Anchorage, Alaska just started adding new snow totals again, the Colorado cities seem to be adding a little every now and then and go figure, even some of the cities in Texas keep adding a little snowfall to their snow totals..

Lake Michigan has been cranking out some decent snowfall for the cities that rely on lake effect from that lake which I am guessing is still warmer than it normally is this time along with the other Great Lakes so stay tuned for a fun snow filled 2-3 months ahead.

Have a Great Day 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

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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!

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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 :)

Erie, Erie, Erie, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha :) I know most of the talk here has been about Erie, Pa, last seasons King of the snow mountain and defending champs but they have had the lead for awhile now. Before Erie it was all about Grand Rapids, MI which held the lead for most of the first half of the 2014-2015 snow season. The good news is that Buffalo, NY and Worcester, MA are keeping the contest close and less than 7 inches separate the top 3 cities. Only a tenth of snow separates Buffalo and Worcester now for 2nd place.. The bad news is that the early snow season favorite Syracuse is almost 2 feet behind the current leader. The double bad news is that I pulled some cities like normal during the second half of the season.

I have been thinking about pulling some cities from the snow contest for a couple of weeks now. The first cities that came to mind were obviously Erie, Buffalo, Worcester and Grand Rapids ;)

Nothing against the cities I pulled but I’ve been getting a couple of updates in each day for a good part of the season and it’s a little too time consuming. In other words it’s pulling me away from my other websites which I count on to eat, lol :) No I don’t need a Wambulance and I’m not whining, I love doing this but between the 2 snow contests, doing research, updating and so on, a normal day is between 6-8 hours and normally more when the big storms hit. Again, I LOVE it but reality sets in :(

By pulling some of the cities which I will check from time to time to see how they are doing I can save a little bit of time. OK, That is my plea for forgiveness and hopefully none of the cities were yours. If one of them are and you will lose sleep over it then let me know and I’ll put the city back in ;) I did leave a couple in that most likely don’t have a chance for the fact that I know people from those cities visit the website on a daily basis. I also get emails every now and then from people serving overseas that check from time to time to see how their city is doing so those cities stay and hopefully I didn’t pull any of them.

I have done this for the past few years and again I do keep an eye on them to see if they should be added back in. Below are the cities that were pulled this time around and again, let me know if there is a problem ;)

St Paul, Minnesota – They have their Twin In it Still ;)
Washington DC – Done well previous seasons only 3.6 inches
Indianapolis, Indiana – Never liked them, I’M JOKING! Only 8.5 and Indiana well represented…
Boise, Idaho – Previously dropped & added back in a few weeks ago. Nothing since so dropped again..
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio is well represented already…
Amarillo, Texas – Cool that they received 17 inches but nothing since.
Pueblo, Colorado – The lowest snow totals of the Colorado cities in contest to date.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Normally a contender but only 6.8 inches on the season.

Feel free to flame away and have an awesome day everyone ;)

A big Thanks to Carol D. for your donation to the site. It is deeply appreciated and helps offset the costs and time spent on the site. Thanks Carol :)
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Updated 2/3 Noon - The National Snow Contest is really starting to get close as Worcester, Mass has closed the snow lead that Erie, Pa had. I think this storm was the storm of the season so far for the fact that it effected so many cities and states.

All it took was a couple of decent snow storms for Worcester to come from wayyyy behind to once again reclaim the second place spot on the snow mountain from Buffalo, NY. Those two cities have been going back and forth and every now and then Grand Rapids, MI has jumped in. Right now it seems like Worcester has Mother Natures attention and she is being quite kind to them, or not.

Erie, Pa was the 1st city to hit the 70 inch mark followed by Worcester, MA and Buffalo needs just a few more snowflakes to join the 70 inch club. It looks like Erie will be the 1st this season to also hit the 80 inch snow club needing less than an inch to do it.

As I mentioned before it’s Still hard to believe that not so long ago on 1/21 Worcester, Mass was in 27th place in the National Golden Snow Globe contest with only 13.9 inches on the season. As of the latest update they are at 72.6 inches. The combine snow totals of the 2 snowstorms that hit Worcester is right around 52 inches give or take. This all happened in just a weeks time. Even the smaller snow belt areas like The Tug Hill have to be somewhat impressed I would think. WTG Worcester ;)

Some of The Cities That Set Date Records For Snowfall Yesterday 2/2/2015

The first number is the new snow record set for yesterday followed by the old snowfall record and date…

Buffalo – 8.2 – 8.0 2013

Worcester – 17.4 – 8.4 1974

Syracuse – 8.8 – 7.0 1990

Boston – 16.2 – 11.1 1974

Providence, RI – 7.9 – 6.5 1934

Hartford, Conn – 10.8 – 6.5 1916

Bridgeport, Conn – 10.3 – 3.2 1985

Newark, NJ – 4.2 – 3.4 1985

Have a Great Day All and Watch Your Back Erie, Some of Us Are Getting Ready to Storm The Mountain ;)

Updated 2/2 7 PM – All of the snowiest cities were just updated and once again a ton of changes in the lineup. I think all of the cities in the Top 25 snowiest cities in the US have jumped around on the snow mountain with this snow storm that is still hitting some of the cities. Below are several of the cities that broke the date records for yesterday and today. Keep in mind that the last update for most of the cities are as of 4-5 PM so the snow totals will be going up for some of them…

Several Cities That Had Snow Records Broken 2/1/2014

* Grand Rapids, Michigan set a date record today with 8.8 inches of snow and counting breaking the old record of 6.1 set back in 2011.

* South Bend, Indiana set a date record with 14.7 inches breaking the old of 8.4 set in 2011.

* Fort Wayne, Indiana – set a date record with 9.0 breaking the old of 4.9 2011

* Flint, Michigan – set a date record with 8.0 breaking the old of 6.8 set way back in 1967

* Detroit, Michigan – set a date record with 13.7 inches of snow breaking the old of 9.8 set in 1881

* Milwaukee, Wisconsin – new record of 10.4 inches of snow breaking the old of 9.0 from way, way back in 1915

*Chicago, Illinois – seat a date record with 16.2 inches breaking the old record of 13.6 set in 2011

Todays Snow Records Broken for the Date 2/2/2015

* Worcester, MA – set a date record with 11.2 inches breaking the old of 8.4 in 1974

* Syracuse, NY – set a date record with 8.5 beating the old of 7.0 set in 1990

* Hartford, Conn – set a date record with 6.9 breaking the old of 6.5 set way back in 1916

* Bridgeport, Conn – set a date record with 9.3 breaking the old record of 3.2 set in 1985

* Newark, NJ – set a date record with 4.2 beating the old record of 3.4 set in 1985

Updated 1 PM - There has been a lot of shuffling and snowballs being thrown the last day or two and it’s not over yet. This latest snow storm from what I have read was/is suppose to effect something like 100,000,000 people and seems to be doing just that. The latest update that I just did shows a lot of date records for yesterday being broken. Below are a few of the bigger cities that set snow records for yesterday. Most likely there are going to be a lot more set today when the afternoon snow updates come in later this afternoon from the National Weather Service.

Erie, Pa has cushioned their lead over the rest of us, for now anyways. For a lot of the cities the overnight snow totals, today’s snow hasn’t been reported yet so without a doubt there is going to be a whole lot more shuffling going on when I get the next snow totals updated. It’s going to be interesting to see how Boston and Worcester do with this storm after just getting pounded by the blizzard not too long ago. Stay Safe All and Stay Tuned, it’s getting really interesting.

Several Cities That Had Snow Records Broken 2/1/2015

* Grand Rapids, Michigan set a date record today with 8.8 inches of snow and counting breaking the old record of 6.1 set back in 2011.

* South Bend, Indiana set a date record with 14.7 inches breaking the old of 8.4 set in 2011.

* Fort Wayne, Indiana – set a date record with 9.0 breaking the old of 4.9 2011

* Flint, Michigan – set a date record with 8.0 breaking the old of 6.8 set way back in 1967

* Detroit, Michigan – set a date record with 13.7 inches of snow breaking the old of 9.8 set in 1881

* Milwaukee, Wisconsin – new record of 10.4 inches of snow breaking the old of 9.0 from way, way back in 1915

*Chicago, Illinois – set a date record with 16.2 inches breaking the old record of 13.6 set in 2011

Updated 2/2 1 PM - I’ll be keeping this post updated as the snow storm hitting the North East continues throughout the day. Have an Awesome day all and stay safe ;)

I was wondering which city was going to make the move for the second place spot on the snow mountain and it looks like it is Buffalo, NY. Buffalo jumped up from the number 4 spot and slipped past Worcester, Mass and Grand Rapids, Michigan this last update. Erie, Pa, last seasons snow champions are digging in at the top of the mountain and now have a snow lead of almost 11 inches over 2nd place Buffalo.

Before this last update only 0.3 inches of snowfall were separating Grand Rapids, Worcester and Buffalo from the 2nd place slot. Snow is in the forecast for a lot of the cities this weekend so as I mentioned before I think there is going to be a lot of back and forth going on over the weekend. The big question now is can anyone make up some snowflakes on Erie?

Syracuse, NY is still on Spring Break it seems. It’s been cold for awhile now but they just can’t seem to get the wind to blow their way. It seems like every time it is snowing in Central New York that they put up some kind of bubble over the city/airport. The same goes for Rochester, NY. Every time I look at the radars I see snow all around both of both cities but for some reason it stays a few miles away. I think both cities better start making some snowballs and get into the snowball fights this season ;)

I started up a Facebook page/group for anyone that wants to join. Any posts from here will also be pushed up to the Facebook group and it will also make it easier for anyone that wants to share some pictures, news articles and so on with all of us. It’s kind of a trial run and we’ll see how it goes. Please feel free to join by going to Here to the Golden Snow Globe FB Group Page. It should be fun for both snow lovers and haters and of course a little bit of fun, friendly picking on each others cities snow wise will be allowed I think ;)

Have a Great Day All and Take it Slow on The Roads….

Worcester, Mass Third Snowiest Big City in US

Still hard to believe that just about a week or so ago on 1/21 Worcester, Mass was in 27th place in the National Golden Snow Globe contest with 13.9 inches of snowfall for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. They now have 54.6 inches of snow on the season and counting. Boston, Massachusetts was in 45th place with only 5.5 inches of snow on the season. Right now they are at #9 in the snow contest with 35.0 inches of snowfall this season and maybe still counting.

Worcester, Massachusetts continues their quest to be crown the King of The Snow Mountain. All of yesterdays snowflakes were carefully counted in Worcester and they have pushed another city down a spot on the snow mountain. This time it was Buffalo, NY who dropped a spot to #4 while Worcester took over the #3 spot in the snow contest. Is Worcester, Mass done adding snow to their totals from this most recent snow storm?

I don’t have a clue and I can’t wait to see what the next snow update from NOAA looks like. Right Now Worcester is only 0.2 inches of snow away from taking over the #2 spot and pushing Grand Rapids, Michigan down a slot. Right now only a few tenths of an inch separate Grand Rapids, Buffalo and Worcester so most likely we will be seeing a lot of back and fourth pushing going on near the top of the snow mountain.

Defending snow champs Erie, Pa looks to be safe for the time being camping out at the top of the mountain with snow lead of just about 10 inches of snow. After this last snow storm I have to wonder though if Erie isn’t rearming themselves with a fresh batch of snowballs to fend off any challengers that we all know will be rushing toward them. Pretty amazing what difference one little storm makes isn’t it?

Boston, MA also moved up another spot bumping Cleveland, Ohio down the mountain. Boston is now #9 in the snow contest and Cleveland rounds out the top 10 snowiest cities in the United States with a population of 100,000 or more. Below are a few notable snow stats from the snow storm and as always ignore my fuzzy math in case I added wrong ;)

Snow Storm Totals

Worcester, Mass – 1/26 = 2.6 inches, 1/27 = 31.9 inches Storm Total = 34.5 inches
Boston – 1/26 = 2.3, 1/27 = 22.1 Storm Total = 24.4 inches
Providence – 1/26 = 3.1, 1/27 = 16.0 Storm Total = 19.1 inches of snow

Date Records Set for Snow Yesterday 1/27

Worcester, Mass – 31.9 breaking the old record of 11.0 set in 2011
Boston, Mass – 22.1 breaking the old record of 8.8 set in 2011
Providence, RI 16.0 breaking the old record of 6.7 set in 2011

I should be able to get another update in a bit later when the new snow stats are post by the National Weather Service. It should be interesting to see what place Worcester, MA, Grand Rapids and Buffalo are all in when the new snow stats come out.

Have an Awesome Day Everyone ;)

WOW, what a long couple of days it’s been crunching numbers, gathering stats and watching the snow storm on the radars and TV but it’s been a blast and it was all worth it :) To be honest I am also jealous.. Probably not quite as fun though for those in the storms path and hopefully everyone is doing OK and is safe!

Just think, about a week or so ago on 1/21 Worcester, Mass was in 27th place in the National Golden Snow Globe contest with 13.9 inches of snowfall for the 2014 – 2015 snow season. They now have 51.1 inches of snow on the season and counting. Boston, Massachusetts was in 45th place with only 5.5 inches of snow on the season and after this last update now have 31.4 inches. What a difference a week makes not to mention a snow storm that will go down in the weather history books and record books. WTG Worcester and Boston ;)

So far the cities that are in the Golden Snow Globe contest that stand out the most are Worcester, MA , Boston and Providence, RI. Below are the storm totals and as always keep in mind my fuzzy math shows up every now and then ;)

Winter Snow Storm Totals as of 4:00 PM 1/27

Worcester – 1/26 = 2.6, 1/27 = 28.4 as of 4 PM Storm Totals = 31 inches
Boston – 1/26 = 2.3, 1/27 = 18.5 as of 4 PM Storm Totals = 20.8 inches
Providence – 1/26 = 3.1, 1/27 = 14.2 as of 4 PM Storm Total = 17.3

A Few Snow Records For the Date That Were Set Today -

Worcester, Mass – 28.4 today breaking the old record of 11.0 set in 2011
Boston, Mass – 18.5 today breaking the old record of 8.8 set in 2011
Providence, RI 14.2 today breaking the old record of 6.7 set in 2011

Worcester has climbed the Golden Snow Globe mountain in record time pushing Syracuse, NY out of the number 4 slot on the mountain and bumping a whole lot of other cities down the snow mountain too. Worcester’s next targets are Grand Rapids and Buffalo ;)

Boston has managed to go from the number 45 slot all the way into the Top 10 at number 10. The thing is that I don’t think either of the cities are finished yet. Last I heard they are still adding to their snow totals. It’s going to get even more interesting when the next round of snow stats come out from the National Weather Service the next update.

I think Grand Rapids, Michigan should be a little worried right about now and maybe, just maybe those of you in Erie, Pa may want to watch your backs the next several hours because Worcester may be heading your way soon. Stay Tuned and Stay Safe All!

Have an Awesome Night!

Updated 1/10 3:00 PM – Erie, Pa is hanging tough at the top of the snow mountain still. As of this mornings update Erie has just a half of an inch snow lead over Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I took a peak at the radar and it looks like it is snowing in or at least around Grand Rapids so the afternoon update should be interesting to see if Erie can hold onto the lead ;)
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It looks like the is a good snowball fight going on between Erie, Pa and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Last seasons defending snow champs have reclaimed the Throne at the top of the snow mountain once again after Grand Rapids took it back from them with the earlier snow update. Keep an eye on Buffalo too because it looks like they are trying to make a charge up the mountain but are just falling short each time.

Erie, Pa reclaims the top spot showing 50.8 inches of snow so far for the 2014-2015 snow season. Grand Rapids is only a couple of inches behind them reporting a total of 48.7 inches this last update. Both cities have been going back and forth on the snow mountain the last couple of days. Remember that Grand Rapids, Michigan has been the King of The Golden Snow Globe mountain for most of the season.

Here are the lead changes so far give or take a day ;)

Erie, Pa 1/9/2015 – Current Leader

Grand Rapids 1/8/2015 – 1/9/2015

Erie, Pa 1/6/2015 – 1/8/2015

Grand Rapids, Michigan 11/18/2014 – 1/6/2015

Erie, Pa 11/15/2014 – 11/18/2014

South Bend, Indiana – 11/14/2014 – 11/15/2014

Anchorage, Alaska – 10/20/2014 – 11/14/2014

Buffalo, NY is keeping up pretty good now reporting 44.3 inches on the season. It will be interesting to see how much more snow will be added to the snow totals for these cities come the next update. I think Erie may be looking pretty good for the near future but remember I’m clueless and normally wrong :)

South Bend, Indiana slipped past both Billings, Montana and Syracuse, NY this last update so keep an eye on South Bend too. It looks like they are ready to get into the snowball fight ;) My Syracuse has some kind of snow net over them still so could someone please cut a whole in it so that Syracuse can play too. Stay Tuned!

Have a Great Night Everyone and as Always, See Snow – Drive Slow….