[Ed. – Quick. Hide the wimminfolks and the chilluns.]
Over 50 percent of the Lower 48 is covered in snow on Monday morning, the most this early in the year in at least a decade.
After a series of powerful early-November winter storms, snow extends as far south as West Texas on Monday morning, according to NOAA’s National Snow Analysis. The Texas Panhandle is covered by up to four inches of snow, and a trace to two inches coats areas further south, including Dallas and Ft. Worth, as well as Lubbock, Abilene, and Odessa.
The entire states of South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma were coated in snow as of Monday morning. Few areas of the central U.S. managed to escape the wintry onslaught, and the accumulation across the country has been widespread over the past week, from Oregon to Maine, and south into Texas.
This week’s snow extent is the most we’ve seen (by a long shot) in the first half of November since 2003, when the National Snow Analysis archive begins. Only 2012 comes as close to this year’s 50.4 percent coverage — on Nov. 12, 2012, 31.5 percent of the lower 48 was covered in snow.