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Winter has yet to officially get underway, but Spokane, Wash., has already received more snow this November than all of last winter.
Since the first accumulating snowfall of the season occurred on Nov. 13, Spokane has measured a total of 20.6 inches of snow so far this month.
This month is now Spokane's fifth snowiest November on record. November 1955 ranks first with 24.7 inches.
A new storm system set to deliver several inches of fresh snow to Spokane Tuesday into Wednesday will put that record in jeopardy.
Spokane averages 7.1 inches of snow in November and 45.6 inches for the entire season.
With this winter starting on a snowy note, it is safe to say that seasonal snowfall totals have been on a roller coaster ride the past few years in Spokane.
During the entire winter of 2009-10, Spokane only received 14.4 inches of snow. That winter is Spokane's second least snowiest since the city's international airport became the official observation site in 1947.
The opposite took place during the winter of 2008-09, when Spokane endured its snowiest winter on record with a total of 97.7 inches. The previous record was 93.5 inches, set during the winter of 1949-50.
Spokane experiencing an unusually snowy November is falling right in line with the AccuWeather.com Winter Forecast that was released earlier this autumn.
AccuWeather.com Chief Long-Range Meteorologist Joe Bastardi pinpointed the interior Northwest as one part of the United States expected to endure the worst of this winter's snow and cold.
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