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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published November 09 2011

Weather Walk: Date of first snowfall will be later than average this year

Already the 10th of November and there has been no snow!

While we have yet to see our first snowfall of the season, the weather office is hip-deep in questions about the rarity of this snowless autumn. Is it unusual to have seen nary a flake at this point? Well, it is later than average.

The average first measurable snow date is Oct. 31. The average first 1-inch snowfall is Nov. 14. But these are only averages, and the first snow of the winter season is something that varies greatly from year to year.

The earliest recorded snow flurry was on Sept. 14, 1899. The earliest first measurable snow was 2 inches on Sept. 24, 1912. Back in 1999, there were no snowflakes until Dec. 14. The latest first snowfall on record was Dec. 31, 1890.

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