Private forecaster Accuweather.com says that a Pacific La Nina will again drive weather patterns across the United States this winter. “The brunt of the winter season, especially when dealing with cold, will be over the north-central U.S.,” stated Paul Pastelok, expert meteorologist and leader of the AccuWeather.com long range forecasting Team.
Chicago, which endured a monster blizzard last winter, could be one of the hardest hit cities in terms of both snow and cold in the winter ahead. AccuWeather.com meteorologist Josh Nagelberg even went so far as to say, “People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter.”
Hands down the Midwest and Great Lakes region will be dealt the worst of winter this year. Bitterly cold blasts of arctic air are expected to invade the northern Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes December through January, while snowfall averages above normal. “A couple of heavy hitters are possible (during this time),” Pastelok said in relation to the snow.
In February, that core of cold weather is predicted to shift westward over the northern Rockies with colder-than-normal conditions extending all the way to the Washington and Oregon coasts. Not too far away, Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, are predicted to have one of their top three coldest winters in the past 20 years, according to expert senior meteorologist and Canadian blogger Brett Anderson.
Dry, mild weather is expected over most of the southwestern United States, with no relief seen for drought stricken Texas. The Mid Atlantic States could see snow and ice with South Carolina and Georgia seeing rain. Florida should expect a mild, dry winter.