What’s to Blame for these Back-to-Back Blizzards?

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For those of us begging Santa for lots snow this year, looks like we got our wish. According to the National Weather Service, we already have double the amount of snow as this time last year.
 
“Psychologically I think it’s a shock to a lot of people because we went from 50’s and 60’s to 16 to 24 inches of snow,” says Ken Simosko, National Weather Service Meteorologist. 
 
We’ve had an abnormally dry September, October and most of November.. Now we’re seeing surges of arctic air coming down from the north pole though not from La Nina.
 
“What La Nina means for North Dakota is generally we have more successive colder outbreaks over the winter time. Precipitation? There’s really no good trend for that. So the heavy snow that we had last week and then the six inches we had a couple days ago.. La Nina didn’t really play a role in that,” says Simosko. 
 
It or she’s only about 25% of the reason for the double whammy blizzards that come through – putting all this beautiful snow in our driveways. 
 
La Nina’s more responsible for the colder arctic outbreaks we’re seeing.. The temperatures and wind chills topping 45 miles per hour. The reason for the snow amount is still up for debate. 
 
“You woke up to snow drifts the past couple days and some of them were on tops of doors and even roofs of buildings. I’m sure the kids were happy there was no school today and we’re continuing to see delays but we’re going to continue to see those snow drift and blowing snow happen,” says KX News Meteorologist Heidi Werosta.
 
In fact, North Dakota’s already beat out last years snow totals. It was 24.1 inches at the end of last winter.. We’re now at 26.5 after these back-to-back storms. 
 
Looking to this weekend we’ll have yet another blast of winter weather.
 

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