Does a later start to snow season mean less snow?

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As the nights grow longer, many await that little joy of excitement they get when waking up to a winter wonderland. However, just scrolling on social media it's not long before you come across a post highlighting how depressing it looks amidst the lack of snow. After all, all we can seem to muster in Southcentral is a cold and dreary rain, which continues to propel us into the top 10 wettest starts to November.

Typically this time of the year, Anchorage would have already seen nearly a foot of snow, with at least an inch remaining on the ground, but temperatures climbing 10-20 degrees above average have kept any hopes of that from occurring. Thanks to persistent southerly flow and a blocking pattern in the upper levels of the atmosphere, our cold continues to be redirected elsewhere.

This begs the question of where is our snow, will we ever see it, and what does this mean for our overall snow totals through the end of the season? There's good news and there's bad news, so settle in as we dive headfirst into the science of what's going on across Alaska and what this ultimately means for the winter months ahead.

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