Winter is just around the corner, so what can we expect this winter and how can we prepare for it?
So what can we do to prepare?
- Contact your local meteorologist to get your daily forecast.
- Know the difference between clocks and alerts.
- Find out where the heating centers are in your neighborhood.
- Make sure your car or vehicle has enough gas in extremely cold conditions because if you get stuck on the road you can stay warm in your car until help arrives.
- Dress appropriately for the weather (layers, coats, boots).
- Have a shovel or ice scraper ready for your vehicles.
- Always try to take shelter or avoid going out during large snowstorms.
- Have extra flashlights, a first aid kit, charge your phones, and always have blankets in case you lose your home power.
What is a La Niña pattern?
A La Niña pattern associates a variable Pacific jet stream with a polar jet stream shifting further south. La Niña episodes during the winter months feature an undulating jet stream flow across the United States and Canada, causing colder and stormier than average conditions in the north and warmer and less stormy conditions in the south.
What kind of weather can we get this winter?
In New York City, we can expect brief cold snaps between milder spells. In terms of precipitation, we are forecasting slightly above average precipitation for our area with more of a wintry mix/ice storm. The typical storm systems we get are Alberta Clippers, forming in the northwestern parts of Canada, moving east and dipping south into the Great Lakes and Northeast. Another storm system we get is Nor’easters. Northeast winds form along the east coast and push further north, bringing rain, ice and snow. Snow gusts and snowstorms cannot be ruled out, even with approaching frontal systems.
What does this mean for us?
This La Niña weather pattern will bring warmer temperatures and near-normal rainfall.
Due to the current situation of warmer temperatures and above-average rainfall, the heaviest snowstorms could be coming north and west of our area due to the warmer air we receive with these systems. Overall, we are able to achieve near-normal snowfall amounts this season, which may help with our current drought situation. However, like last year, more ice storms are possible due to predicted warmer temperatures.
Your News 12 Storm Watch meteorological team will keep you safe and weather aware throughout this winter season.