The winter of 2013/14 has been snowy


(Ottumwa)— So how snowy has it been this winter?  According to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker, the winter of 2013/14 has been snowier than in the past.

So far residents in southeast Iowa have seen more than three feet of snow or a total of 40 inches of snow.  The average amount of snow in southeast Iowa is 25 to 30 inches of snow.

Looking at snow depth across the state varies.  Hillaker says the western half of Iowa has been relatively snow free with only one foot of snow recorded.  In eastern Iowa it’s just the opposite with about 5 feet of snow.

The bad news, more snow is on the way for this weekend.  Forecasters say the next snow is expected to enter the region Friday and remain in place throughout the weekend.   The tracking model is updated often and right now the next storm could drop another 4 to 8 inches of snow.