"Hurricane's" Winter Forecast 2010: Let It Snow?

Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz predicts how much snow we're getting this winter.

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    It's finally here! Find out Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz' snow predictions for this winter. (Published Friday, Nov. 19, 2010)

    Let’s start with the headlines: MUCH less snow this winter than last winter. In fact, I expect less snow than our long-term average of 19.3 inches.

    It will be a warmer winter than last year, but not what I would call a really warm winter. There will be periods when very cold air will move in. A couple of days could see temperatures in the single digits for lows.

    There is likely to be some snow before Christmas, but not a big snowstorm. The snowiest and coldest month should be February. I don’t expect ANY big snowstorms with amounts of 10 inches-plus, and we may not even have an 8-inch storm.

    The pattern sets up for icing threats at least a couple of times. A significant ice storm is possible for at least part of the area.

    Here are the numbers:

      Forecast "Normal" Last Winter
    Total snow 12-18" 19.3" 78.7"
    Dec. snow 4" 2.1" 24.1"
    Jan. snow 3" 7.5" 3.1"
    Feb. snow 7" 6.6" 51.5"
    March snow 1" 3.3" Trace
    Dec. Temps plus 1 37.4 F minus 1.0 (from normal)
    Jan. temps plus 3 32.3 plus 0.9
    Feb. temps minus 1 34.8 minus 3.0
    March temps minus 1 43.2 plus 5.1