Where's the snow? Not in Lower 48; but elsewhere

SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Snow seems to be missing in action this winter for much of the United States.

This January was the third weakest month on record for snow covering the ground for the U.S. Lower 48, according to the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University. Records go back to 1967.

Two years ago more than two-thirds of the Lower 48 was covered in snow. Last year, it was 52 percent as a billion-dollar blizzard barreled through. This year, it's only 19 percent.

Forget snow, for much of the country there's not even a nip in the air. On Tuesday, all but a handful of states had temperatures hitting the 50s or higher.

But much of Alaska, Europe and Asia are being hammered by snow and cold, killing nearly 80 Europeans.