Old man winter is making an appearance this year with some cold temperatures, sleet, snow, and ice. This comes as a blast of Arctic air dips down from Canada. According to AccuWeather.com, this is right on schedule. This year’s predictions have winter shaping up to be a brutal monster in areas. It seems Mother Nature has the U.S. in her grip and will command a repeat performance of the dismal winter of 2013.
The South is expected to see ice storms and snowy days on the increase. The Tennessee Valley will not only see colder temperatures than usual, but will also bear the brunt of higher than normal wintery precipitation, in the form of sleet, ice, and snow. Cold snaps will stretch into the southern states and will extend its reach as far South as Florida. This could cause significant damage to citrus crops and other commodities as well.
The Northeast had better hold onto its hat, as last year’s record setting low temperatures that were below zero for extended periods will again plague the area. The Northeast will see snow and ice storms similar to last year, as more Polar Vortex’s forge their way south out of Canada. Old man winter and Mother Nature must really have something against the Northeast since this is the second year in a row that winter is expected to shatter records. The bright side is that most of the seriously bad weather will hold off until after the holidays, after making a brief appearance in November and December.
The West will see a mild winter. Dryer conditions will continue in the Northwest, which is bad news for the drought that is already extreme.
Southwest conditions will be wet, but with average temperatures. It won’t however be wet enough to have a big impact on the drought that they are also seeing. It will undoubtedly increase wildfire potential for the summer of 2015.
The Plains will be ensconced in a very cold and icy pattern this winter. The upper plains will see temperatures plunge to the sub zero’s for days at a time, with no relief in sight.
The Southern plains will be an icy mess beginning around the first part of January and continuing through the winter with small breaks in between storms.
Now is the time to prepare for winter weather before it hits. Make sure you have all the supplies you will need to prepare in the event of a snow or ice event. You should make a preparedness kit for each vehicle as well as one for your home. Things you want to include in each kit are, flashlights, batteries, a battery operated radio, non-perishable foods, water, blankets, and anything else you feel your family would need to survive an event. In addition, it would be handy to have a deicer in the event you need to get out and about. Safe Paw Ice Melt is recommended, not only is it safe for pets and the environment, but it melts ice and for days.