After a notably mild previous winter, the U.S. should brace itself for a season dominated by cold temperatures and increased snowfall, as per the recently published Winter 2024 Extended Weather Forecast by the Farmers’ Almanac.
The report emphasizes the resurgence of the “BRRR,” forecasting bone-chilling, below-average temperatures, particularly in January and February, and an abundance of snow, sleet, ice, and rain across most parts of the country. Areas in the Great Lakes, Midwest, and northern New England are especially advised to prepare for the cold, while the Interstate 95 corridor, stretching from Washington, D.C. to Boston, is projected to experience significant rain, sleet, and snowstorms.
The onset of December is anticipated to be stormy, even exhibiting blizzard-like conditions in regions of New England, the north central states, and pockets of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, another distinct publication, aligns with these projections, also anticipating a winter that’s “snowier and colder than average” across the U.S. and Canada. Specific regional forecasts from them are expected to be disclosed later in the month.
In terms of climatic influencers, El Niño is set to play a pivotal role. Expected to develop in the latter half of 2023 and persist through winter 2024, this climate pattern traditionally pushes the Pacific jet stream south and broadens its eastern spread. This typically results in the southern regions experiencing wetter conditions while the northern parts tend to be warmer and drier. However, the Almanac asserts that this winter will likely witness cold temperatures dominating the nation, accompanied by snow, sleet, and ice.
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