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8/5/2016 Dan Ellington | Category: Industry News | 4188 Views | 0 Comments |


With winter about 130 days away, its time to start thinking about getting your snowplow equipment purchased before the inspections and contracts start flooding in.

Last winter was uneventful for plowing snow for a vast majority of the country, especially the Ohio Valley region. Most contractors didn’t use their plows a good 10 times. In addition, the 2016 season was the strongest El Nino on record, but the bright side is that the La Nina rebound effect looks to be holding true with more precipitation.  The rains that are now flooding the Eastern part of the country will soon turn to heavy snow when the cold comes.

Check out this cool article from TransWorld SNOWboarding.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac just released their long range Winter Weather Forecast for 2016-2017, and things are looking good for a strong winter in North America. Their regional forecasts, which are calculated 18 months in advance and claim to have an 80% accuracy rate, purport the Northeast and Pacific Northwest to have the most favorable winters for snow enthusiasts.

Check out the summary forecast in your region to see how winter might be for plowing. NOAA’s official Long Range Winter Prediction comes out later this month and hopefully it has a similar snowy outlook.

 

Winter Weather Predictions 2016 – 2017 Old Famers Almanac : Regions

Northeast

Winter will be colder than normal, on average, with slightly above-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- and late December, mid- and late January, mid-February, and early March. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, late January, mid- and late February, and early to mid-March.

Intermountain: Includes mountainous areas in: California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington

Winter temperatures will be above normal, with precipitation a bit below normal. The coldest periods will be in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods in late November, early and mid-December, and mid-January.

Pacific Northwest

Winter will be rainier than normal. Temperatures will be below normal in the north and above normal in the south, with the coldest periods in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south, with the snowiest periods in early December and mid-January.

Southern British Columbia

Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January, with the snowiest periods in early, mid-December, and mid-January.

Upper Mid-West

Winter will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in mid-December, through most of January, and in early and late February. Precipitation will be a bit above normal in the east and below normal in the west, with snowfall above normal from Minneapolis eastward and below normal in the west. The snowiest periods will be in early to mid- and mid- to late December, mid-January, and early to mid- and late February.

Appalachians

Winter will be slightly warmer than normal, with near-normal precipitation and above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-January, from late January through early February, and in mid- to late February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, late January, and early to mid-February.

The Rockies

Winter temperatures will be above normal, with precipitation a bit below normal. The coldest periods will be in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal elsewhere, with the snowiest periods in late November, early and mid-December, and mid-January.”

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