I guess I should start stocking up if we’re going to have a bad winter:
Expect temperatures 6 degrees colder than last winter’s, and a six-fold increase — or more — in snowfall.
In short, if Accu-Weather’s winter outlook turns out to be right, the coming season will be whole lot more like a typical winter than in 2011-12.
In the forecast released this morning, an update and elaboration of an earlier outlook, the commercial weather service in State College, Pa., is calling for near-normal temperatures this winter, with above-normal snowfall.
In addition, Accu-Weather believes Philadelphia will have an above-average number of days — perhaps seven — with snowfall of an inch or more, said long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok. Last season, it had exactly one.
The revised snow-outlook map sees the above-average snow zone extending from Philadelphia on south and west.
To the north, long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok says snowfall might not be terribly generous along the New England coast because Atlantic Ocean sea-surface temperatures up that way are well above averages.