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Anchorage, Alaska Now Leads National Big City Snow Contest

Anchorage, AK received 0.8 inches of new snow to take the lead in the Golden Snow Globe snow contest. WTG Anchorage! :)

Billings, Montana started the 2016-2017 snow season off in early October picking up 3.0 inches of snow. Billings, MT has held the top spot on the snow mountain up until Anchorage received this snow.

There are 5 cities with measurable snow so far this season and several other reporting a trace of snow on the season.

The Top 5 Snowiest Big Cities in the US

1) Anchorage, Alaska 3.4

2) Billings, Montana – 3.0

3) Hartford, Connecticut – 1.5

4) Rochester, New York – 0.9

5) Syracuse, New York – 0.2

Click here for all of the snowiest Big cities!

Have a great Election day everyone :)

Anchorage, Alaska Starts Their 2016-2017 Snow Season

Anchorage, Alaska has received 2.6 inches of snow the last couple of days so far to start off their snow season. According to the National Weather Service.  The average snowfall to date for Anchorage is 5.6 inches.

I was able to get a full update in early today, Monday, for all of the other cities.  So far as of the last update, Billings and Anchorage are the only cities with any measurable snow for the 2016-2017 snow season.  Billings, Montana started off this season’s Golden Snow Globe contest with 3 inches of snow.  It will be interesting to see if Anchorage can slip past Billings and will be interesting to see if any other cities receive any measurable snow this week.

As of this last update, there are about 35 cities that are behind their average snowfall for today’s date. Meaning that on average about 35 of the big cities with a population of 100,000 or more have at least a tenth of snow at this time in the season.

Golden Snow Globe Winter Outlook Forecast Soon

I’m leaning toward a snowier than average season for most of the cities this season. Stay tuned for the long-awaited, highly anticipated Golden Snow Globe winter outlook forecast that will be coming soon. You know, the only forecast that is totally made up but is accurate about zero percent of the time. It’s coming soon :)

Click Here for the current snowfall update! Have a Super week all ;)

Updated 6/8 -I just want to give a Big Thanks to Michael Yates for your recent donation. Even though we are getting into the warm months, the donations still help out a lot in paying some of the bills ;) Thanks Michael, I really appreciate you taking the time :)
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Lakewood, Colorado Wins Golden Snow Globe Contest

Congratulations to Lakewood, Colorada for being the officially, unofficial snowiest big city in the United states for the 2015-2016 snow season. Believe it or not, any snow that falls up until June 30th still counts for the 2015-2016 snow season. I feel pretty confident calling the snow contest and the winner right now with Lakewood having over a foot of snow more than Syracuse, New York, and a 20+ inch lead over Fort Collins and Denver Colorado as of this posting. The only reason I waited this long to call it was because of the Colorado cities still having a chance for some snow. I will update the seasonal snow stats as/if needed.

Lakewood,Co received some decent late season snow that dropped more than enough snow to skate past the normal season favorite Syracuse, New York which held the lead a couple times this season. Lakewood also slipped past Erie, Pa, South Bend, Indiana, Flint, Michigan and Sioux Falls which were holding the top 5 spots on or around March 3rd. At that time, Lakewood was in 6th place, 20+ inches behind the leader then, Syracuse, New York.

Even though it was a mild winter for a lot of the cities this season the snow contest was pretty close and exciting once the snow finally did start falling. There were several lead changes throughout the 2015-2016 snow season and what made it fun was that it was a mix of cities on the top or near the top from all over the US. A couple that you wouldn’t expect including Lakewood, CO which as of right now has almost 40 inches of snow above their normal snowfall for the season compared to Syracuse, NY which has a snow deficit of over 40 inches this season. WTG Lakewood :)

How The 2015-2016 Snow Season Started

Anchorage, Alaska started off the 2015-2016 Golden Snow Globe contest when I did an update on September 30th. The National Weather Service was reporting 2.8 inches of snow and was the only city reporting measurable snowfall. A few others were showing just a trace of snow. Syracuse, NY was the next city to report some measurable snow on or around October 18th-19th, 2015.

Finally a Top 10 Snowiest City List

We finally had a Top 5 list for snowiest Big cities in the United States around November 6th and didn’t have a top 10 list until November 17th when there were 12 cities reporting measurable snowfall.  Anchorage, Alaska was still in the lead with 9.6 inches of snow.  Below is pretty much how this season played out as far as cities that led the snow contest at one time or another.  Keep in mind that the National Weather Service updates the snow stats the next day for the previous day so the dates are give or take a day ;)

Lead Changes in The 2015-2016 National Golden Snow Globe Contest

9/30 – Anchorage, Alaska started the 2015-2016 Golden Snow Globe contest on or around September 30th

12/15 – Lakewood, Colorado takes the lead with 24.0 inches of snow. Anchorage is in 2nd with 22.2 inches.

* NOTE – Come Christmas day, Reno, Nevada had 10.5 inches of snowfall.  Reno is beating Erie, Pa which only has 4.8 inches. Rochester, NY has 1.2, Syracuse has 0.8 inches on Christmas day, Buffalo, NY is showing just a tenth of an inch and Worcester, MA is only reporting a trace of snow on the season. WOW! It gets better! Last season’s snow champs, Lowell, MA doesn’t even have a snowflake yet ;)

12/29 – Sioux Falls, South Dakota takes the lead from Lakewood, CO with a snow total of 32.7 inches of snow on the season.

* NOTE – 1/15 – About Halfway through January the snow contest started getting more exciting with the Northeast cities finally starting to get into the snowball fight :)

1/20 – Erie, PA takes the lead from Sioux Falls, SD by two-tenths of an inch posting 42.3 inches. Sioux Falls has 42.1 inches of snow.

1/25 – Sioux Falls started packing the snowballs and took the lead back from Erie, Pa. Syracuse has been hanging in 3rd place just waiting to slide to the top on the snow mountain.

1/29 – Erie, PA takes slips back to the top with leading Sioux Falls by half an inch.

2/2 – While Erie and Sioux Falls were battling it out this season’s snow champs Lakewood, CO slipped past both of them by just over an inch of snow :)

2/10 – At this point in the snow season there was a lot of back and forth going on. Erie, PA slides to the top again!

2/14 – Yayyyy! Syracuse, NY finally climbed to the top of the snow mountain for the first time this season. Yeah, I’m from Syracuse so I can say Yayyyy :P

2/16 – OK, so much for my Yayyyy :( Erie, PA retakes the lead!

3/2 – Buh Bye Erie, Hello Syracuse ;)

3/24 – Lakewood had more than enough time away from the top to make some snowballs and they put them to good use retaking the lead ;)

4/3 – I was surprised that Syracuse got some decent snowfall in April to slip past Lakewood by almost 6 inches of snow come 4/4 and Syracuse was at 80.4 inches on the season. Well below their normal average but hey, seemed like enough. Us folks in Syracuse were pretty much ready to do a victory dance ;)

4/17 – Lakewood gets pounded with snow on or around the 16th and 17 and picks up 16 inches of snow. No, really they did. Can you say snow season and contest over :( Lakewood sleds to the top of the Golden Snow Globe mountain and sets up camp. Ain’t no city gonna touch em after that. 16 inches of snow in April, you deserve to be crowned the snow champs for the snowiest big city in the United States. Way to go Lakewood, Colorado :)

Click here see all of the 2015-2016 snow updates throughout the season!

5/24 – The funny part is that Lakewood and all of the Colorado cities continued to pile up snow after they got hammered by that storm. That was why I was a little hesitant to call the contest. I was waiting to see if Denver or Fort Collins, CO could catch Lakewood. With a 20+ inch lead right now I feel pretty confident that Lakewood will be the snowiest big city in the United States with a population of 100.000 or more. If something changes then the snow contest will go on. That said, Congrats Lakewood and well deserved :)  We had 14 lead changes this season give or take a couple which isn’t too bad considering the lack of snow for a lot of cities.

It Was a Fun National Snow Contest This Season

So, all in all, this season’s national Golden Snow Globe contest for snowiest Big cities in the United States turned out to be a fun snow race and exciting too.  It’s obviously all of you that visit the snow site and our Facebook snow group page that made it so much fun.  A Big Thanks to all of you for helping to make the 2015-2016 snow season a blast.  That also includes all of you news folks out there that wrote about the snow contest and also the Meteorologists who helped out by keeping us informed.

A special Thanks to those of you that were able to donate to the snow site.  The donations help out a lot not to mention always keep me motivated, lol ;)

Hope you all had fun. Feel Free to buy me a cold one ;)





OK, really it helps me pay the bills through the Summer and just maybe a cocktail or two :) !

 

I’ll still be keeping an eye on the weather and if I hear of a city getting snow I’ll do an update.  Keep in mind that as I mentioned above the snow season according to the National Weather Service runs from July 1st until June 30th. So in other words nothing is official until then ;)

Have a Safe, Nice, Enjoyable Summer All!

 

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 :)

Buffalo Breaks No Snow Record

Wow and Congrats to Buffalo on breaking the all-time record for not receiving any measurable snowfall this far into the snow season according the Buffalo National Weather Service.

Buffalo National Weather Service Statement - “It’s official, Buffalo has set a new record for the latest measurable snow. The previous record was December 3rd, set back in 1899. We will continue to add to this record for many days to come, with no cold or snow expected for at least the next 10 days. Here is the 6-10 day forecast, showing very high chances for above normal temperatures to last for much of the nation through the middle of December.”.

So while Anchorage, Alaska has been camping out at the top of the Golden Snow Globe mountain for quite awhile now Buffalo hasn’t even stepped on the snow mountain to start climbing. When Buffalo does finally start climbing the snow mountain they will have at least 46 other cities that are ahead of them to slip past. That’s going to be a whole lot of snowball fights so Buffalo better start stocking up on snowballs. Oh, that’s right they have no snow, lol :)

I did an update earlier today and the top cities continue to add a little snow here and there. A lot of cities are going to have to make up a lot of snow to catch up to the cities near the top of the snow mountain.

Anchorage, Alaska Snowiest Big City in US

Anchorage has been hanging at the top so long now that they probably have a nice snow fort built by now along with an endless supply of snowballs to toss at any city that attempts to take over the top of the mountain. Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lakewood, Colorado have been keeping close to Anchorage and it will be interesting to see if either of those cities can take over the number one spot on the mountain.

Chicago, Illinois is in 4th place right now. Seriously and I kid you not. Chicago, as of the last update has over a foot of snow already this season. Chicago’s normal snow totals for this time in the season are just around 2 inches of snow. WTG Chicago! Lakewood, Colorado has 16 inches so far for the 2015-2016 snow season which is right around their normals for this time.

It may not be snowing in your neck of the woods but a lot of cities are getting snow. So far and I’m sure there are a few that we missed, 46 Big cities with a population of 100,000 or more have had measurable snowfall so far for the 2015-2016 snow season. Stay Tuned ;)

Have a Great Night Everyone!

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!

It may be a good time to place your bet as to whether it will be Anchorage, Alaska or Reno, Nevada in first place come the next update later on this afternoon. A big Thanks to Tyler for giving me the heads up on Reno, NV :)

Reno is showing 2.4 inches of snow for the new 2015 – 2016 snow season which is enough to slide them into the number 2 spot on the snow mountain. WTG Reno! According to Tyler it sounds like Reno will be adding to their totals once the overnight snow totals are reported later on. They are/were under a winter advisory until 10:00 am.

Reno, NV also set a snowfall record for the date which goes way, way back. Reno set the date record with 2.4 inches yesterday breaking the old record of 2.0 inches that was set back in 1915. Welcome to the Golden Snow Globe contest Reno and enjoy being near the top of the snow mountain while you can. The rest of the cities will be throwing snowballs at you pretty soon I’m sure.

Have a Great day everyone ;)

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 :)

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 :)

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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 :)

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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…