How Much Snow Is Coming Winter 2020-2021?
Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Predictions
Remember Snowmageddon 2010? What about last year's 'Polar Coaster'? Could this winter bring another historic winter season full of heavy snowfall, bitter dry air, bone-chilling winds—or all three?
We've seen multiple winter predictions in North America for 2020-2021. Thankfully, there are a few trusted sources we use to bring you the most accurate predictions for the season. For almost two centuries, the Farmers' Almanac has been forecasting the weather with amazing accuracy and has helped millions of people prepare for the worst storms.
Read below for the latest forecasts, as well as an exclusive interview from Stephen Ariens of Ariens Co.!
The U.S. 2020-2021 Winter Forecast
While many parts of the country made it through last winter with hardly any snow, this winter's forecast for the northern half of the United States is expected to be colder than average with more snow than usual in the Northern Plains, New England, and the Great Lakes regions. The Farmer's Almanac is also calling for a possible, wide-scale blizzard to take place from D.C. to Boston in mid-February, 2021.
In the southern half of the country, you should expect large swings in temperatures and a mixture of cold and various forms of precipitation during the season, which may include some late-season resurgences before the spring. The Almanac is calling for a 'Wild Card Winter' in some southern parts of the country, meaning conditions could turn from mild to serious or visa versa. The west and southwest regions should see a dry, generally mild winter this year, without too many surprises.
Forecast Image is Courtesy of Farmers' Almanac
An Exclusive Interview With Stephen Ariens
A special thanks to Stephen Ariens of Ariens Co., Director of Product Management, Snow, for this interview.
Overall, what is your opinion about the coming winter season (‘20-‘21)?
Stephen A. - "Similar to the demand we have seen in the spring and summer months for power equipment, we expect somewhat of the same for our snow product this winter. With more people working from home, or at home, many are taking to their property and homes to beautify and invest in equipment to do so. We expect it to be a busy snow season and are fully prepared to supply our dealers and partners with the product needed. Snow sales have been steady throughout the summer, even though it may be 80 and sunny."
Do you think we’ll see a lot of snow throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions? What about the mountainous west?
Stephen A. - "The Northeast is due for snow this year, as they have had a couple down seasons. We have product ready to go when it does. The Midwest has seen good snow the past couple of years (minus Chicago and Detroit areas) and we expect that to continue. The Rockies seem to be up in the air, although there have been pockets of good snow the past few years. We'd love to see a great snow year in all of these areas."
What products or product categories have shoppers been most interested in over the last few snow seasons?
Stephen A. - "Continued interest in our RapidTrak technology, which offers a wheeled and track system in one - with 3 unique settings for digging into snow or staying above the ground. This great feature has been a big hit for us in many regions even though it is built for mountainous terrain, big snow, and steep terrain. We are also seeing a big demand for our Compact and Deluxe series Sno-Thro's. They are at a great price point while offering several features that can be found on our premium units."
How do you predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect consumer shopping/snow blowing habits this season? Do you think we will see a spike in sales because more people are working from home this year? Or, might there be a decline because people aren’t driving as often?
Stephen A. - "I believe we will continue to see increased demand due to more people being at home. It has been a unique year with unexpected demand considering the circumstances. Personally, I could see snow demand being significant early this season, whether or not snow is falling - which would be very rare in other years."
How will the pandemic affect your company’s approach to the season?
Stephen A. - "We continue to look at alternative ways to ensure our customers are taken care of and have access to our equipment, regardless of their situation. One thing is for certain, no one really knows what will happen, but we will be ready and our teams are geared up for a strong winter season."
What are other industry trends you’ve noticed?
Stephen A. - "Continued advancement in e-commerce and consumers spending time online to handle their purchases and research. For Ariens, ensuring our websites and product content is where it needs to be for customers to make that decision and buy our product is priority number one."
What new technologies does your company currently have in the works for the industry this year/next?
Stephen A. - "We have several exciting snow products in the pipeline that will be unveiled later this winter. Stay tuned..."
What advice or recommendations do you have for consumers, homeowners, shovelers, and the elderly this year?
Stephen A. - "We pride ourselves on having several products that can be used by all types of consumers. Recently, we launched a 59 lb single-stage snowblower (S18) that is extremely easy to start and operate, while still having the power needed to tackle moderate snowstorms. A snow blower is one of those products that you don't know what you were missing out on until you have one. It saves you time and energy, and gives you a great sense of pride when you're tackling significant snowstorms that would be a nuisance with a shovel."
Our Expert Advice for Winter 2020-2021
Generally speaking, if you live in the U.S., expect a much colder, wetter, and longer winter this year. If you live in an area predicted to get a lot of snow and haven't done so already, we recommend investing in a snowblower as this winter is sure to bring heavier, wetter snow that will be exhausting to shovel and difficult on your body.
We often hear snow shovelers say they wish they had just gotten a snowblower after a heavy snow season, but we recommend you avoid post-winter regret and make this the year you stop shoveling once and for all. If you already have a snowblower, make sure to spend the time preparing it for the long, wet season expected ahead. Check out our guide on how to tune up your snowblower.
Also, with wet and heavy snow on the way, people who are older or have a heart condition should avoid shoveling completely for medical reasons.
Is Shoveling Safe?
As many as 100 deaths per year in the US can be associated with shoveling snow1, so even using a snowblower we recommend speaking with a doctor before engaging in strenuous activity, especially in the winter or if you have a history of heart problems. Though heart attacks can happen at any age, older people are especially at risk, so we've curated the best snow removal tools for seniors to keep their efforts and risks to a minimum.
By having a quality snowblower on hand, you'll be able to remove snow easily and quickly while minimizing health risks in the bitter cold.
So don't let Snowzilla sneak up on you this year; properly defend yourself from mother nature and give yourself the satisfaction of a clear driveway for the entire season.