As the long days of summer begin to wane and the scent of sun-warmed grass starts to fade, there's a palpable shift in the atmosphere: winter is just around the corner. Both lovers of snowy landscapes and those who relish the summer sun are now asking, "What will this upcoming winter bring?" The Farmers’ Almanac has just released its Winter 2023-2024 Extended Weather Forecast, and we're here to share the anticipated details with you!
A Quick Overview
Last year might've been on the warmer side, but this year, traditional winter weather is making its comeback. The contiguous United States should brace itself for traditional cool temperatures and the familiar snowy conditions.
- Meteorological winter kicks off on December 1. December 2023 is predicted to start with a bang, with potential blizzard conditions targeting northern New England, the North Central States, and even areas of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
- Dreaming of a White Christmas? The forecast has hints for you!
- The anticipated rise of the El Niño phenomenon, characterized by unusually high-water temperatures off the Pacific Coast of South America, combined with the trusted forecasting formula of the Farmers’ Almanac, suggests that the U.S. should prepare for a season of cold temperatures peppered with episodes of snow, sleet, and ice.
Diving Deeper into Regional Forecasts
- Great Lakes & Midwest: Anticipate below-average temperatures with a mix of snowstorms, sleet, and ice, especially come January and February.
- Pacific Northwest: Residents should prep for a particularly wet and snowy season.
- California & Southwest: Should El Niño take shape, there's a strong possibility for significant rainfall and snow.
- Great Plains & Rockies: Frequent cold spells coupled with bouts of stormy weather are on the horizon.
- Texas: January and February will be colder than usual, punctuated by a potential major storm around mid-January.
- Southeast & Florida: While winter temperatures are expected to remain average, occasional frosts could still surprise residents.
- I-95 Corridor (Washington to Boston): After last year's mild season, expect a more active winter filled with rain, sleet, and snowstorms.
Winter Weather Advisory Highlights
- January: Pacific Coast and Eastern States are gearing up for a stormy second week. The South Central States will be kept on their toes with cold snaps and stormy conditions around mid-January.
- February: The month begins with the western US expecting heavy mountain snows. Meanwhile, the second week could see the East Coast grappling with a mix of cold rain, snowfall, and freezing temperatures.
- March: The North Central States should remain vigilant for potential blizzards in the first week. Another storm is also forecasted to hit the East Coast within the same timeframe.
- April: New England might be in for a surprise with late-season snowfall during the third week, which certainly isn't a playful April jest!
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