Winter has been BRUTAL in New York State and it looks like the worst is yet to come. I live in Buffalo and there have been some years when winter really didn't rear its ugly head until late December. Not this year though. I'm sure you've heard about the two horrible snowstorms we had - one in November, one in December. In November it was a lake-effect snowstorm. In December, the deadly blizzard that killed 42 people in Western New York was caused by a cyclone bomb brought on by winter storm Elliott.
The Farmer's Almanac Predicts Massive Snowfall In January And February
A few months ago the Farmer's Almanac predicted that winter in the Northeast was going to be bone-chilling this year. It certainly had that prediction right. Temperatures dropped into the negatives during the recent blizzard, due to the wind chill. Looking at what the Almanac says we have in store for January and February is quite frightening if November and December were just the beginning.
The Almanac divides New York State into three different regions, but they all predict the coldest and snowiest periods this winter will be in January and February.
The North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson fall into what the Almanac calls the Northeast. For this area, the most snow will be in the first half of January with the coldest temps in January and February.
Winter temperatures will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The coldest periods will be in early and late January and late February. Precipitation will be above normal. Snowfall will be below normal in the north and above normal in the south, with the snowiest periods in early to mid-December and the first half of January.
The lower portion of Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island are considered the Atlantic Corridor by the Almanac. This area is going to experience below-average temperatures and lots of snow during January and February.
Winter temperatures will be below normal, while precipitation and snowfall will be above normal. The coldest periods will be in early December, early and late January, and most of February. The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-January, late January, and late February.
Central New York, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York are considered the Appalachian region by the Almanac. This area is looking forward to more cold temperatures and more snow this month and next.
Winter will be colder than normal, with near-normal precipitation and above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be early December, late January, and mid- to late February. The snowiest periods will be in early and late January and in February in the south.
If the storms we saw in WNY and other parts of the state were just the "warm-up," I'm terrified about what to expect this month and February.