By the time you read this, the first snow may have already fallen in your area. But if not, rest assured – chances are it’s on its way soon.
The Dakotas often catch the Midwest’s first snows beginning in mid-to-late October. As time moves on, the rest of the Midwest catches a glimpse of winter precipitation. Here’s a look at when some cities see their first winter snowfall, on average.
- Bismark, N.D. – Oct. 26
- Sioux Falls, S.D. – Oct. 31
- Minneapolis / St. Paul – Nov. 2
- Des Moines – Nov. 10
- Chicago – Nov. 16
- Columbus, Ohio – Nov. 20
- Indianapolis – Nov. 23
- Amarillo – Nov. 24
- Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 27
- Wichita – Dec. 3
- Louisville – Dec. 8
Further south, snow is less of a guarantee, but here's the greatest likelihood southerners may expect to see snow, according to The Weather Channel.
- Raleigh – Jan. 4 to Feb. 14
- Atlanta – Jan. 21 to Feb. 8
- Birmingham – Jan. 29 to Feb. 9
- Memphis – Jan. 12 to Feb. 9
- Little Rock – Jan. 13 to Feb. 8
- Tulsa – Dec. 15 to Feb. 22
- Dallas – Jan. 13 to Feb. 9
According to NOAA's winter outlook, here's what weather you may be able to expect in the coming months.
- Wetter-than-average conditions across the southern U.S. This will be most amplified in the Southeast and Florida.
- Drier-than-average conditions in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, plus areas near the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.
- Above-average temperatures in much of the West and northern half of the U.S.
- Below-average temperatures in the southern Plains and Southeast.
- Average conditions everywhere else.
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