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More snow, longer winter season likely

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Brian Myszkowski in Local News

AccuWeather is reporting that the upcoming winter season may produce more snow and ice than last year, and extend further into the spring.

“Last year, this area had about 36 inches. This year should be a little bit more than that, around 40 inches,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Pastelok said in regard to the upcoming season’s snow measurements.

While last year’s winter was defined by one very heavy snowstorm, 2016-17 will most likely experience a greater number of snow events that stretch the season into April. Usually, November and December experience low snowfall in this area, and that is likely to hold true this season.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts “winter will be slightly warmer than normal, with near-normal precipitation and above-normal snowfall.”

While snow accumulation will be limited in areas south of New York City, Pastelok warns January and February may experience more snowfall that could transition to rain and sleet. The Almanac agreed that this season’s snowiest periods will take place in late January and early to mid-February, though they also claim that mid-November could see plenty of snowfall. These conditions could prove especially difficult for commuters.

“The problem I have with snowfall this year is ice,” Pastelok said. “I think February may have more of a mix of ice and snow.”

AccuWeather is predicting that temperatures will average 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit lower than last year, though that would place temperatures within a more normal range.

“Coldwise, I think it’s going to be colder than last year, but more typical for the season,” Pastelok said.