Snow Forecast for 2016-2017 Season

Snow Forecast for 2016-2017 Season

Hope you’re ready for the snow because the forecast is showing that it will be an above average winter which is something we haven’t seen in 4 years. To give you an idea of how much more snow at the Salt Lake international airport we received; 24 inches of snow in 2011,- 69 inches of snow in 2012, – 35 inches of snow in 2013,  – 8 inches of snow in 2014, – 36 inches of snow in 2015. So whats the prediction for 2016? Well according to we can expect a whooping 71 inches of snow spread across 34.8 snow days.

Utah will see a snowfall of 10% above average for most of the state to up to 15% above average in higher elevations. We expect a weak to moderate La Nina and the weak La Nina typically brings the above normal snow for the area with a moderate La Nina near to slightly below normal snowfall. Ice should not be too much of an issue this season.

Expected Temperature & Precipitation Pattern Across the Nation:


• Coming off one of the mildest years on record in 2015-16, the upcoming winter is expected to be a cold one along the
Eastern Seaboard, especially for locations in the Northeast
• The same can be said for the Great Lakes & Ohio Valley, as frigid conditions are also predicted to dominate for a majority
of the cold season
• While overall chilly temperatures are forecast, it may be a relatively slow start; the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
are trending on the mild side for November into the first half of December
• In contrast to the Central and Eastern US, the West Coast and Southwest are anticipated to have a warm winter


• The expectation of a cold and active pattern will favor average to above normal snowfall for a large swath from the
Northern Plains to the East Coast
• A major snowstorm certainly cannot be ruled out, but the chances of seeing a blockbuster storm is lower than the past
few years. The projected setup is more conducive for small and medium sized events
• The Mid-Atlantic and portions of the Southeast will have an increased threat for wintry precipitation this year
• Drier than normal weather will limit the amount of snow and ice that the Southwest and Southcentral states receive
• A less active pattern and milder conditions will likely result in below normal snowfall in the Pacific Northwest


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