As we head toward the official start of winter in a month or so, you may be wondering about the weather. Are you going to have snow, ice, sleet, rain, or all of the above? I'm curious, too, so I did a little research and found some winter weather predictions for 2020-21.
A Warm Winter
The phrase "warm winter" may sound like an oxymoron, but that's what most states are going to see. So if you were just about to head out to the garage to put snow tires on your vehicle, not so fast! You may not need them this year.
Weather scientists believe that our warmer winters are the result of gradually rising temperatures. Take one look at the data for the winter of 2019-20 and you'll find that it looks very similar to what we're expecting this winter.
Now, moving from west to east, let's look at the predictions for the winter of 2020-21.
The Western States
In Alaska, the winter weather is expected to be mild with some moisture and some snow. In the western part of Washington and Oregon, the weather is predicted to be mild and wet. Moisture will come in the form of rain or a below-average amount of snowfall. California's winter is predicted to be cool and dry. In Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, there's going to be snow, but it will melt quickly due to warm temperatures. The states of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado are going to see a mild winter with some periods of snow.
Arizona and New Mexico are predicted to see a cold, dry winter for the most part. The winter weather for Oklahoma and Texas is predicted to be warm with a low amount of moisture.
The western part of North Dakota is due to see snow this winter, while the eastern part is leaning toward wet conditions. This prediction is the same for South Dakota and Nebraska. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio are all predicted to have more rainy days than snowy ones. Iowa and Missouri are due for warmer temperatures and a low amount of moisture.
The winter weather prediction for our southeastern states is about the same as for the Midwest. Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are predicted to have a warm, relatively dry winter. The only exceptions in the southeast look to be Virginia and West Virginia, where we'll see sleet in the winter weather forecasts.
Pennsylvania is due for a lot of sleet this winter along with Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The upper northeastern states, including New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, are due to have heavy snowfall and very cold temperatures.
The long-range weather report in the Farmer's Almanac is helpful if you want to see more specific conditions in your area of the country. All you have to do is check out the map to see the details.
I hope you found some good news about the winter weather in your area. Thanks for reading. - Alan