This year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted winter 2019 would be warm and wet. But that may not be the case for all of the country. , the cold season might be a bit tougher than usual for the South.
Across the U.S., the temperature will likely stay mild until January and February. Then things get chilly, especially in the South. Accuweather predicts a “very active winter” in the Southeast, the Gulf Coast, and the Tennessee Valley, with threats of snow and ice storms and a higher chance of frost and freezes. Florida, in particular, could see flooding and storms in the later parts of winter. This forecast might come as a shock to residents, who were lucky enough to experience a warmer winter last year.
Elsewhere in the country, the Midwest will see less snow than average, while states like Texas and Arkansas could see their fair share of snow and ice storms. The Southwest is likely to have slightly warmer and drier weather than usual, and the Northeast is set to have colder temperatures.
The Northwest and the Rockies could see a rare “pineapple connection,” which creates lots of moisture and storms, with risks of mudslides. But that extra precipitation could lead to more snow, which would be a boon for ski towns—and skiers!
Before you lose all hope of a mild winter, keep in mind that weather predictions are just that—predictions. And if the temps happen to be a little brutal, find the silver lining and stock up on some cute, hats, scarves, and coats to pull you through.