Aberdeen community column asks, Winter Weather, or Not?

What does Mother Nature have in store for us? Are we going to have some real winter weather ahead?

The end of 2012 held three snow falls for us. In fact, we had three snows in less than a week, but accumulations was thin around Harford County. The dusting on Christmas Eve was delightful! There was just enough to make the evening beautiful, but did not hamper church goers, or family gatherings in their travel.

Winter lovers enjoyed a light snowfall in our area Saturday after Christmas. A dusting of about three inches fell, slicking roads on the quiet holiday weekend. The accumulation was again thin. Road crews had readied for potential messier conditions.

The snow got off to a mid-morning start later than expected because of a wedge of dry air that formed over Maryland between two low-pressure systems, forecasters explained.

The heaviest snow fell along the Mason-Dixon Line. In Bel Air, 1.3 inches covered the ground.

That was the story for 2012. What is in store for us the rest of the winter?

AccuWeather official winter forecast is for above-normal snowfall across portions of the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and central and southern Appalachians. The normal number of snow days per year in the Baltimore area is four inches.

Every year, AccuWeather.com issues a U.S. forecast, highlighting predictions of temperature and precipitation trends. Remember last year? The winter was unusually warm for much of the eastern two0thirds of the nation.

So what will it be?

"The Old Farmers Almanac" says that the temperatures will be much colder this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas.

Above-normal snow fall is predicted for the northeast, mid-Atlantic spanning western Massachusetts to northern portions of Georgia and Alabama this winter.

I-95 this year for us will have more snow than last year. However, as far as above-normal snowfall goes, from New York City on south and west has a better shot with more mixed snow and rain systems in New England, forecasters say.

Philadelphia, Washington Baltimore and Charlotte are among cities that may receive more snow than usual.

A couple of larger storms could unleash the above-normal snowfall in the major cities, as the winter setup should show big storms to form off the East Coast. The best chance for the big snowstorms will arrive during the middle to latter part of the season, including January and February.

Normal seasonal snowfall is 20.5 inches for Baltimore.

Temperatures may start out slightly above to near normal, but as the season progresses, and some snow accumulates, it will turn colder than normal during February.

So what do we believe? After the mild last weekend, it started to feel like spring. It just might be a good idea to keep the boots handy, though.

For those considering Florida vacations, the weather will remain fairly mild for the most part in central and southern portions of the state, but cold air may drift into the citrus crop areas at times being big storms. There will be threats of frost with temperatures in the 30s in the citrus growing areas of the state. A strong freeze of 28 degrees or lower for more than two hours would be required for damage to citrus, expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohier said.

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