Has winter been a bad tease so far? A few cold days followed by spring warmth with little snow. Here’s a look back at the first two months of Meteorological Winter and a look ahead to mid-February.
We thought we might be cruising into winter early with the Halloween winter storm that brought several inches of snow north and west of the District… with Frostburg, Md., getting 11.6 inches, Sabillasville, Md., picking up 11.5 inches, portions of Baltimore and Carroll County getting 4 to 8 inches but only 0.6 inches at Dulles International and only a Trace recorded at Reagan National. We quickly realized just how subtle winter would become.
November brought a few rain storms with temperatures 2.8 degrees above average. Skipping forward to the first month of winter…December was more like fall. Only a trace of snow accumulated at Reagan National with temperatures a balmy 5.3 degrees above average. Historically, January is the snowiest month in the District. This year it's proved to be quite the winter weather tease. The snow that fell came in very small increments! About a half-inch fell on the 9th, 20th and 21st…. with a grand total of 1.7 inches....a far cry from an average of 5.6 inches. The average snowfall at Reagan National for the winter season is 14.5 inches. Therefore, we need 12.8 inches of snow to break even for the winter season.
Looking ahead, winter remains absent until early next weekend. A trough moving into the East will bring temperatures back to seasonal averages with a possible storm track through the Ohio Valley or along the Carolina Coast. Either way, we could be talking about a wintery mix that could bring a little snow. Through mid-February, temperatures should remain near to slightly above average with a few shots of one or two days of cold weather. I think any wintery precipitation would be light and brief.
If you’re a fan of winter, you’ll want Punxsutawney Phil to see his shadow on Groundhog Day, which is quickly approaching this Thursday! A few snow flurries could be flying in Punxsutawney, Pa., for the big event that attracts thousands each year.
Have a safe and happy week!