WINTER : A LOOK BACK, AVERAGES AND OUTLOOKS
It's that time of year again to ask the question, "What will this winter bring in terms of snow and cold?" The current NOAA Winter Outlook is calling for equal chances of above and below normal temperatures and precipitation for our area. An equal chance, either for temperature or precipitation, is predicted when there is no strong or consistent climate signal for either an above or below normal conditions during the season. The prediction for areas of "equal chances" means there is a 50 percent chance for either an above-normal or below-normal forecast.
Looking back at the Winter of 2004-2005 as far snow goes, most locations in our region received about what the average is. The higher than average amounts occurred along the western slopes in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, south into Tazewell County, Virginia. Here is a brief article with the maps looking at the snowfall from the Winter 2004-2005.
So what are the seasons we had the most snow? Check out this article showing the Top 10 for our climate stations.