(Area) As Thanksgiving approaches, one thing that travelers can be thankful for is the lack of any snow to worry about in the forecast.
"It's still fairly early in the season. On average, the first snow of an inch or more typically isn't until roughly November 28th or so. So we are still not up to that average date for the first inch."
That’s State Climatologist Harry Hillaker who says there have been a couple of exceptions to that so far this year.
"We had just a small area, mostly Pottawattamie County that had some brief accumulation on November 2nd. Then a week later on November 9th, a fairly significant amount of snow across parts of south central, central, and into northeastern Iowa. As much as six inches at Winterset."
According to the state climatologist, it’s still too soon to tell what the current weather pattern might lead to throughout the winter.
"We get another two or three weeks behind us if we do get alot of snow in early to mid-December that often times does carry on into the winter."
Hillaker added that the last five years have all been snowier than the long term average. As far as the temperatures for the month of November, they have been running three degrees warmer than usual.