"Paul, why can I still see my puke-colored lawn on December 6?" Proving cause and effect with something as complicated as the atmosphere is always problematic, but my gut? Drought. With a dash of climate change thrown in for good measure.
Some numbers: we should have seen 11.5 inches of snow by now. Last year 7.8 inches of fluff had already fallen. So far in 2012? A whopping 8 tenths of an inch of snow.
Snowy rumors are filling the airwaves for this weekend. Saturday still appears to be the better travel day; a streak of wet snow may drop an inch or two of slushy snow Saturday night and early Sunday; heavier snow possible just outside the metro area.
Significantly colder air arrives by mid-December; highs in the 20s. Another storm late next week may drop a light accumulation; once again the best chance north of the cities.