The map above is the 48-hour snow forecast from the Weather Prediction Center. It shows the probability of 2" or more of snow. As you can see, there is good chance that is going to happen and a better chance of that happening as you get closer to Lake Michigan. While you might see a few flakes tonight or tomorrow, the most likely time for more significant snow will be Friday and Friday night. More snow showers for the weekend and early next week along with unseasonably cold air for the 2nd week of Nov. and more accumulating snow.
Here's the U.S. snow cover map. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, 10.4% of the contiguous U.S. had snow on the ground this AM. There is now a solid snow cover from the Northern Plains to the Arctic.
This is Northern Hemisphere snow extent for week 44 of the year. According to the Rutgers Snow Lab, the extent is 14th greatest in 51 years of record. There is a correlation between early snow extent and the degree of cold and snow we see in the winter. The year with the greatest snow extent for week 44 was 1976. Some of you will remember that was the coldest winter we've had since 1903-04. The year with the least snow cover in week 44 was 1988 and that year we were about 1 foot below average for winter snowfall in G.R. That winter was 1.5 deg. warmer than avg. in G.R.
Cold Pattern Continues