Coming Soon: First Snow of the Season


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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