Not great, Bob: Analyzing the Midwest snowpack

Weather data shows exactly what Midwest skiers already know: It’s been a bad snow season so far. 

According to National Weather Service snowfall records, most of the upper Midwest is lagging 2 to 16 inches behind its average snow depth at this time. 

A National Weather Service map from Jan. 6 showing the snow depth as it relates to a normal year. (National Weather Service)

In the northwoods of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, areas are behind 16 to 60 inches of snow depth so far. That 60 number comes in the Keenewauw Peninsula, where lake effect snowfall can bring more than 200 inches a year. This year, the peninsula has seen about 16 inches of snow and areas like Mt. Bohemia (no snowmaking or grooming) have yet to open for the year as a result. 

The only above average Midwest regions are in Iowa, northern Illinois and the very southern tip of Wisconsin. While there are some, unfortunately that area is not ripe with ski areas. 

Here is how the snow depth is piling up in the Midwest so far this season. 

The snow depth across the Midwest as of Jan. 6. (National Weather Service)

While things have been slow to start this year, this post will serve as a jinx on the current conditions.

Next time I want to do a snow post, I hope we’re all buried in it! Stay positive, skiers and riders. I’ll see you out there.

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