January 18 2018

For the first time in nearly eight years, every single state in the United States had reported snow. The last time this happened was after the second of two blizzards we experienced in that special 5-day period to start this decade. It was February 12, 2010 and the snowpack was much deeper.

Temperatures this morning dropped to 11ºF in Baltimore and that sub freezing air made it all the way deep into Florida. Tampa had 29ºF and icy roads leading to multiple traffic problems. My parents were in south Florida and hit 40ºF. Imagine all the chilly grandparents calling north to complain…

This mark today is just a matter of snow cover, and that includes some unique locations. Overall, just half of the country has snow cover.

  • Florida’s western panhandle
  • All Gulf Coast States, including Texas just outside of Houston.
  • New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada have a few high elevation locations highlighted in the yellow circles.
  • Hawaii also has snow cover on the two highest volcanic peaks.

Report From NWS NOHRSC- National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center

January 18, 2018

  Area Covered By Snow: 53.7%
  Area Covered Last Month: 29.9%
Snow Depth
  Average: 3.3 in

Baltimore received 1.3″ of snow on January 17:  Click here for the full local report 

Seasonal Snow To Date (at BWI): 6.5″

This includes Hawaii, not shown on the map above. But snow was captured on the visual satellite seen on the two highest volcanic peaks on Hawaii’s big island. These are highlighted with yellow circles below. The white surrounded the edge of the island is cloud cover.

The snow cover now is deeper than back in February 2010. Contrasted to much less snow for us compared to the same time frame.




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Also See:

My Winter Outlook 2017-2018 for more snow

Maryland Winters

La Nina Formed: What it could mean to our winter

NOAA Winter Outlook: Not The Best But Not The Worst For Snow

Two Farmers Almanacs Winter 2018 Outlooks

Winter Weather Folkore: Suggestions from Animals and Crops

First Frost and Freeze Dates For Maryland (southern PA and northern VA)

My Preliminary Winter Outlook Notes

Low Snow Winters In Baltimore: To Repeat Or Not Repeat

NOAA Ranks Blizzard 2016 4th Worst Snowstorm On Record

Blizzard 2016 Record Top Snowstorm: Area Totals

Extreme Weather of 2015 balanced out on both ends