I’m forecasting a harsher winter than the past couple of winters. I think winter really shows it’s face before Thanksgiving and we stay cold through the beginning of December. We’re likely going to flip back to milder weather before Christmas, which lowers the odds for a White Christmas.
As we head into the new year, January will be the opposite of December, starting milder but then finishing quite cold. The end result is another month that will finish near average overall and similar to last year. Winter’s harshest month will likely be February with temperatures averaging a few degrees below average and much colder than last year. After the cold February, we should rebound in March, ending up slightly above average and much warmer than last year. It’s impossible to forecast a single amount of snow as we normally have a wide variety of snowfall across Central Pennsylvania. This year we’re probably going to get our snow in some big chunks with storms passing to our east. On the flip side we may get less days with lake effect snow as the cold may come from the middle of the nation. Overall, I believe snowfall will be above average. Totals will range as low as 26” in the deeper valleys to the east with some of the Laurel Highlands getting back to over 100”.
Here is my forecast of the impacts to you. Utility bills will be near average and significally higher than last year. Salt demand will be about average, but again more than last year. The past couple of years brought few days with travel issues and school disruptions, but I believe we’ll see them increase this year Finally, I will leave you with a new feature, bold predictions for the upcoming winter. I believe there is a good chance for at least 2 big snow events. Also, February will be the harshest month of the winter.