Lack of Snow has Winter Enthusiasts Sitting on the Sidelines [POLL]
UNDATED - After starting the season with a bang in November, our winter has fizzled out for most of winter sports enthusiasts.
As we wrap-up the month of January and turn the calendar to February, snowmobilers and cross country skiers are wondering if this will be a lost season for their sport.
So far this month we've had only 2.5 inches of snow here in St. Cloud - that's about 5 1/2 inches below normal. Since the first of December only five inches of snow has fallen on St. Cloud - about 12 1/2 inches less than normal. For the season, we're at 22.6 inches, with over half of that falling on one day in early November. That snow has long since melted away.
Meanwhile, parts of the Midwest are teetering close to drought status. The National Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday classified a large swath of southern Iowa, areas along the northern Missouri border and the region east toward Illinois and Wisconsin as abnormally dry.
Much of the Plains, including Minnesota, the Dakotas and southern Nebraska, were already near drought or in drought.
Much of the country has experienced a warmer and drier winter than normal.
The forecast does have a few mentions of some light snow, but no major storms are in sight into next week.