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Frequent storms predicted in early winter forecast

TNS Regional News • Oct 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Several weather sources have released their weather predictions for the upcoming winter and one, from AccuWeather.com, has Ohio getting hit by frequent storms.

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said it’s a bit early to make long-range predictions, but if this frequent storm track does develop over the Miami Valley it could mean above average precipitation for the first time in two years.

“While areas southeast of here stay generally warmer than average, and areas northwest of here stay generally colder than average, we will be in the battle zone between warm and cold air,” Simpson said in interpreting the AccuWeather.com predictions.

He said this could lead to the potential for some ice, but more likely snow changing to rain more frequently.

“We are already potentially seeing this pattern developing through the second half of October, but it’s still warm enough to be just rain,” Simpson said.

The AccuWeather.com forecast mentions the potential for more snow in Ohio later in the winter.

“This makes sense as the early winter storm track will leave snow cover across the western Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, and that will allow the colder air masses to build then expand a bit later in the winter,” Simpson said.

Snowfall for the entire season is expected to be average.

The Farmer’s Almanac issued its long-range winter forecast back in August, which called for “biting cold and snowy,” conditions in the Ohio Valley.

“It is important to note that long-range winter forecasts are amongst the hardest to make and often are complete failures,” Simpson said.

The National Weather Service usually puts out a three-month forecast for January through March after Nov. 1.


By Katie Wedell - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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