There are definitely a few exceptions, but overall, most of North Dakota now has at least 4” or more snow cover. Some parts of central North Dakota that had significant snows from both of the major storms in the past couple of weeks have 18 inches or more snow on the ground. Snow cover plays a significant role in how cold a winter season becomes. The past two winters were very mild, not only because of the pattern, but also because of the lack of snow cover. Fresh snow in particular can make a minimum temperature as much as 25 degrees colder than it would be without snow cover. Plus, snow reflects a high percentage of the solar radiation back into space rather than warming the atmosphere keeping daytime temperatures cooler as well.