It has been a slow start to the snow season for the northland. Usually by this time in early January about 35 inches of snow has fallen in Duluth, but so far we have measured 24.6 inches. Last year was even drier with only 11.9 inches of snowfall recorded through January 2nd. Snow depth at the Duluth National Weather Service this morning was 5 inches, normal for this date is 11 inches while last year it was 3 inches.
At International Falls a total of 26.4 inches of snow has fallen this winter. Normal to date is 32 inches while last year there were 21.5 inches to date. The snow depth was 9 inches this morning, normal snow depth is 11 inches and last year the snow depth was 6 inches.
There may be some measurable snow in the northland sometime mid next week, January 12-13.
Below is a graphic that compares January 3rd snow depth and snow water equivalent for the years 2011, 2012 and this year, 2013. The graphics are from the National Operational Hydrological Remote Sensing Center of the National Weather Service. Click on each graphic for a larger image.