your 2018 - 2019 winter forecast

We are over halfway through the month of September and Summer’s last day is a mere 3 days away, marking the start of Autumn. I already know all you powder hounds are hungry for some snow, and it's only so long until you dust off the equipment and throw some fresh wax on your weapon of choice. Let me try and appease your concerns so you can sleep easier, because the winter forecast is looking quite appetizing. I did my digging into the 2019 Farmer’s Almanac and am very happy to divulge this Winter's snow forecast prediction. So strap in and get ready.

The 2019 Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “teeth-chattering” Winter, and the majority of the US will have below average temperatures. This means you better make sure your outerwear is still in top condition as you might be finding yourself stuck in some frigid conditions. From the Rockies to the Appalachians, there will be especially cold weather this Winter. The West coast is predicted to have average temperatures, but will vary.

Snowboarder flying through the air
Photo provided by Casey Ripper

Let's now address what is on everyone's minds… H20. How thick that blanket of white will be when you look outside your window in the morning. The predictions this year are pointing to above average amounts of precipitation. The Great Lakes and Northern New England will bear the most activity. The Southwest will see high precipitation from December on and the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic States will have unusually high amounts. The team over at Farmer’s Almanac has red-flagged multiple large storms in December, and also a few in mid-February and mid-March leading into a longer Winter season before Spring rolls in. So after running the data through my snow calculator, we have all the ingredients for great Winter conditions. Low temperatures and high precipitation will lead to above average snowfall for the United States. So start planning your trips now because we are in for some great tracks this Winter. Soon enough you are gonna be retiring the swimsuits and fetching out the snow boots, pleasantly delighted by the sight of snow. Expected opening ski dates are just around the corner now, so like us you better be praying to the snow gods for a little love.

Oh and just to give you a little taste of the snow frenzy about to ensue, I attached this picture of Jackson Hole, Wyoming from August 27th this year. This is the first sighting of snow in the US. I have chills down my spine just thinking about what is to come…

A Gondala in the snow
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 27th, 2018

https://www.almanac.com/content/2019-winter-weather-forecast