Snow has already started falling in the coldest parts of the United States, but whether Vienna will see any of the white stuff this winter is up for debate.
Typically, the D.C.-metro area gets 15.4 inches of snow, but the last three winters have been well below average for total snowfall.
The Farmers’ Almanac 2014 winter forecast shows we’re heading for “bitterly cold” weather, with two-thirds of the country (including this area) experiencing below-normal temperatures. In addition, the mid-Atlantic region “will be seeing either copious rains and/or snows” as temperatures hover around the freezing mark. The normal D.C. average winter temperature is in the upper 30s.
According to the Capital Weather Gang’s Rick Grow, the atmosphere isn’t showing its hand yet and we may be heading for a “La Nada” winter, where neither the El Nino nor La Nina phases really show up. That makes predictions difficult.
Weather Advance predicts a weak La Nina, which means slightly higher than normal snowfall in the D.C area.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts winter precipitation should be about average, or we have equal chances of having above or below normal precipitation.
“At best, we can offer what amounts to an educated guess as to whether an upcoming season will be cold or warm (or wet or dry) compared to normal. We’re right about these seasonal tendencies only slightly more often than we’re wrong,” the Gang’s Jason Samenow wrote in August.