Just as the days of sweater weather and apple cider are getting started, one reality remains: winter is coming. And as meteorologists recently announced, it’s going to be a cold one.
In the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, people can expect a colder winter than last year, and these dropping temps could lead to an above-average amount of snowfall. New York and Boston, in particular, should be prepared for more snow than usual because early predictions have called for 6 inches above normal, according to AccuWeather.
“I think this year is going to bring a good ski season in the Northeast,” said Paul Pastelok, the lead long-range forecaster for AccuWeather. “And around the holidays we should have some snow for the interior Northeast.”
The Plains should brace for subzero temperatures (as in, minus 30°F), which are predicted to make an appearance on a regular basis. The Rockies and the Northwest should prepare for an abundance of snowfall thanks to a weak La Niña that may form. La Niña marks an irregularly cold weather pattern caused by cold ocean temperatures in the Pacific. As of now, there is up to a 60 percent chance that La Niña will develop this fall or winter, Weather.com reports.
So overall: lots of snow, and lots of frigid temps.
But it’s not bad news across the board. Pastelok and AccuWeather report that a less snowy and less wet winter is expected in central and northern California. Many Southern states, including Florida and Georgia, will experience a mostly dry winter with above normal temperatures. In the southern Plains and areas of Texas, the winter will largely have dry periods overall with few winter storms.
Farmers’ Almanac released a similar prediction for most of the country earlier this year in their 2018 winter outlook. The guide also flagged certain dates to expect heavy rain and snowfall along the Atlantic Seaboard this winter: January 20-23, February 4-7, February 16-19, March 1-3, and March 20-23.
Enjoy that apple cider for now. Pretty soon, you’ll be trading it in for a pair of gloves and a snow shovel.
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