Last time we had snow on the ground here in November was 2010 - and that winter ended on the 26th December. And there wasn't a single flake of snow the whole of the following year.
I prefer winters like 2017/8 with a few short spells of colder/snowy weather scattered throughout the season.
We had none in Nov 2010! But I'd take that spell again in a heartbeat.
To be honest, the holy grail for me is a cold & snowy spell in the lead up to, and over Xmas. We got that in both 2009 & 2010 (just made it past Xmas Day on both occasions, the thaw winning on 27th and 28th Dec respectively). Was pretty deep snow both times, too. If I get that, I'm fine with the rest of the winter not being up to much.
Failing that Xmas Wonderland scenario, I like a prolonged spell (3-4 weeks) at any point, ideally with snow at the beginning.
The Nov/Dec 2010 spell was wonderfully freezing (and I got an early taster in York at the end of Nov), but bone dry here (a few times the MO forecast snow here, a couple of instances up to 24 hours in advance, but then they backtracked at the final hurdle), until that big frontal fall on the 17th Dec. any other time of year - especially with most other areas getting snow a lot earlier - and I'd have been super-frustrated.
That's why the 5th Jan 10 fall was so good - the deepest snow IMBY in at least 25 winters, and stayed on the ground for about 3 weeks (the bulldozed snow-piles made on the local supermarket car park were still there into Feb)
We had more falls - and probably more total accumulation of snow - in Jan/Mar 2013, with 4 weekend falls (3 of which topped 12cm, the other about 4cm) and a couple of other lighter coverings. But on every occasion, the snow was gone within 3-4 days. It sounds like this would be close to your preferred winter, but for me the brevity of the lying snow made it seem a bit underwhelming (particularly after 2009/10 and 2010/11, and probably not helped by where I work in Manchester getting hardly any snow)
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