The areas of the U.S. hardest hit by snowfall this year

It's not even January and there's already been some notable snowstorms across the contiguous United States (1, 2, 3). Fortunately, NOAA provides a way to glimpse back at these events at varying intervals to show how the snow has fallen. The map below visualizes 6-hour snowfall accumulation from October 13 to December 18, 2022.

Oct. 20

Snowfall consistently accumulates more at higher elevations. This map summarizes where that accumulation has occured so far this year. = more snow.

The Rocky Mountains were first to see major snowfall.

Several cities surrounding the Great Lakes experienced snowfall due to something called the lake effect.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, New Mexico and Texas were hit with a "freak" snowfall.

The Seattle area saw power outages at the end of November due to snowfall.

A large storm is now forming to create blizzard conditions in the Midwest and Eastern Great Lakes areas before the holidays.