A Seasonably Cold Winter Predicted
TWIN TIERS (WENY) -- Winter is coming to the Twin Tiers region. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it is going to be a cold with a La Niña pattern.
"We're in a La Niña pattern, once again...which is kind of what we were in last year and the winter before,” said WENY Chief Meteorologist Joe Veres. “What that means is...we have cooling waters out in the Pacific and it kind of disrupts weather patterns to a certain extent.”
Veres said the NOAA dropped their winter weather outlook, yesterday.
“We typically get...wetter than average conditions over the Great Lakes region and then...drier than average conditions over the deep south,” he said.
Veres said the predictions do not have a direct impact on the Twin Tiers region, to a certain extent. Veres said these predictions are only one piece of the puzzle. He added, there are other factors involved.
“We typically look at something we call...the North Atlantic Oscillation and that can only be forecast, accurately, about two or three weeks out,” he said. “Unlike La Niña, when that's kind of a seasonal outlook. “
Although a La Niña pattern is not the only deciding factor for what the Twin Tiers can expect this winter, Veres said it gives out some important information. Veres said the Elmira region can typically expect 40 to 45 inches of snow, every year.
“That's basically what we're forecasting for this upcoming winter, as well...about mid-40s in terms of snowfall accumulation and we're thinking...we're going to have...a typical winter, in terms of temperature,” he said.