Top Winter Weather Predictions for Your Region
Extreme cold? Record snowfalls? Continued drought? El Niño? Extreme weather has been “the norm” in many parts of the country for the past few years. So as the days get shorter, and with the holidays just around the corner, many of us are starting to wonder what we will be up against this winter. This is an especially important question for business planning since winter weather has the ability to dramatically impact business. Whether it's a pipe break, increased utility bills, delayed deliveries, harsh travel conditions, or the safety of your employees and customers, no matter what region you’re in, it is critical to know what to expect and prepare your business for.
Nationally, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that many regions will see a continuation of recent severe weather, including above-average snow levels. What can you expect in your region this winter? Here’s what the experts are saying:
Just when you’ve gotten used to being thawed out, it looks like the extreme cold of last winter is expected to return. The good news is that it may not be as persistent. Forecasters think that the polar vortex will likely return from mid-January into early February, but that it is unlikely to be stuck over the region for as long.
Heavy snow and below-average temperatures are a good possibility in the mid-Atlantic states this year. December and mid-January are expected to be the coldest and snowiest periods.
Southeast and South Central
While hurricanes in the Atlantic have been well below average so far this year, an El Niño effect was expected to cause above-normal rainfall for much of the south and southeast regions. At this point, however, it looks like the chances of a strong El Nino are diminishing, but a weak system may still contribute to higher than average precipitation and below average temperatures.
Southwest and Texas
After terrible drought conditions across much of the southwest and Texas, experts are saying that precipitation levels may finally increase across many areas. Temperatures will also likely be above normal.
While the temperatures from the west coast to the Rockies are expected to be above average, there are mixed predictions about projected snowfall and precipitation. For example, some experts are predicting the California drought will persist or worsen throughout most of the state, while others see the possibility of significant improvement. For most of the Rockies and western states, the precipitation and snowfall levels are expected to be average or below average.
Winter in the Northwest should be warmer and drier than normal this winter, with the possibility of a drought developing in various parts of the region. Snowfall and precipitation levels are both expected to come in below normal.
With the seasonal changes upon us, there is no better time than now to prepare for the unexpected. We realize that different types of disasters require different measures, so be sure assess the winter weather risks in your area and plan ahead.