Winter Weather Predictions & Forecast 2016 – 2017
The Farmers' Almanac official winter weather forecast for 2016-2017 is here, and it is calling for an exceptionally cold winter season in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and New England, as well as some cold fronts potentially reaching as far south as Florida. The Western states are forecasted to see milder-than-normal temperatures prevail, while it seems the rockies will have an "average" snowfall season. According to this forecast, the Northwest may have a wet winter, which could mean strong precipitation in higher elevations.
Dive into their regional winter weather predictions for a glimmer of where you could score the deepest days this year, and stay tuned for NOAA’s official Long Range Winter Prediction and dropping later this month.
Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Forecast & Predictions 2016 – 2017 by Regions
According to the Farmers' Almanac, while winter officially starts on December 21, 2016, the Farmers' Almanac predictions point to some snow and cold conditions in mid-November in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Midwest. However, the good news is that the frigidly cold temperatures really won't take hold until much later in the season.
The Farmers' Almanac, which breaks the country into 7 zones, and offers predictions for three-day intervals, forewarns of a mixed bag of wintry weather for both December and January. But it's really February when the frigid temperatures take hold (northern tier states could see ambient air temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero!). This is the month you want to make sure your heat works, your long johns are washed, and your slippers are nearby.
Get the snow blowers ready in the East and umbrellas in the West! An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast and New England states throughout most of the winter, especially February (see above!). In addition, another active storm track from the Pacific will deliver a dose of above-normal precipitation across the Western States. Meanwhile, near or below-normal precipitation will cover the nation's midsection.
Farmers' Almanac is also red-flagging February 16-19, when a small, but intense storm develops near the Virginia Capes and delivers a heavy snowstorm with strong winds for parts of the Tennessee Valley, through western North Carolina, the Virginias, Maryland, and Delaware northeast into southern New England – some locations could receive 1 to 2 feet of accumulation!