Snow Way Out Of It… The Chicagoland Winter Forecasts Are In

This could be the year to get that new snow brush…or maybe a new PLOW??

As the saying goes, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.  And you probably don’t need one to figure out it’s going to be another wet, cold, and snowy season here in the Chicago area. If you took your kids out trick or treating this year, you may have already had a (very) early season opportunity to round up all your mitts and boots. 

That early warning made us take a take a look at some longer-term forecasts, and we thought we’d share what we found with our Fully Equipped readers — just in case you need a new pair of mitts too. Snow getting underway in late October and early November feels like it may become the new normal, with the added benefit (it’s all in how you look at this stuff) for plowing potential starting earlier and running hard pretty consistently through the early spring. 

So, without further ado, let’s take that quick look beyond those snowflakes on our phone’s weather app, and see what’s really in store for late 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

That’s the conclusion of the NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). If you pronounce it all at once, it’s easy to remember that the name rhymes with: Noah. share’s the NOAA findings in this article, and the money-line runs like this:

“A warmer winter is in store for much of the southern U.S., while the northern tier of the country shivers[…]. In addition, NOAA’s winter outlook indicates that parts of the flood-weary Northern Plains and Midwest may see a wetter-than-average December through February.”

That may explain the already much-colder than average November we’re making our way through. …Always a bad sign for our football team when the Bear weather arrives before the Bears do. 

The Farmer’s Almanac extended forecast offers detailed forecasts for seven distinct geographies in the Almanac hard-copy, but on their website, they’re “predicting that the worst of the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians.” Ominously, they add: “The biggest drop—with the most freefalling, frigid temperatures—is forecasted to take hold from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”

Freefalling frigid temperatures forecasted.  Oh…fudge.

AccuWeather has us squarely in the arctic this winter.

It’s right there on the map: The West coast will get some welcome mild weather, and moisture in the Southwest, with the Rockies getting their usual snow-dump. The Plains states get the tough-to-plan-for “changeable” forecast, and we get what we’ve been getting used to: super-duper cold. This year, we appear to have a choice between Siberian and Polar influences. This is from the AccuWeather forecast:

“The polar vortex is particularly strong this year, and that means that frigid air is likely to remain locked up over the polar region early in winter […] Instead, cold air that could reach the Midwest at times early in the season is likely to originate from a Siberian Connection, rather than straight from the North Pole, and that has implications on just how cold it will get.”

Now that’s a heck of a tough forecast if you like to sneak in a little golf during milder winter days — but if you have a tractor, wheel loader, or skid steer that you love to get flexible with, you could be working (very) profitably through another long and wet Chicago winter.  

We’ve got the hot cocoa (and the mini-marshmallows!) ready to go, and we also have our Snow Equipment ready for you to buy, rent or lease: everything from Wheel Loaders and Skid Steers, to blades, pushers, sectionals, and walk behind blowers and brooms.  We have a full line of awesome SnowWolf equipment as well — check here to see it in action.  Give us a call or drop by anyone of our locations today. 

We’ll have a log on the fire…and an extra pair of mitts! 

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