How Much Snow Is Coming This Winter?
Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Predictions
Remember Snowmageddon 2010? What about 2020's 'Polar Coaster'? Will we see more Bomb Cyclones this year? This winter could bring another historic season of heavy snowfall, bone-chilling winds, and record-breaking temperatures.
We've seen multiple winter predictions in North America for 2022-2023. 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 this season's forecasts.
The U.S. 2022-2023 Winter Forecast
Starting in December 2022, get ready for a strong winter season of snow, rain, and slush this winter across the country. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting an earlier, heavier, and colder snow season in many areas of the country, including possible record-breaking temperatures as low as -40°F may be seen in several regions. It is expected that winter temperatures will arrive earlier than usual in December, with active winter storms consistently passing through the Midwest and Northeastern parts of the United States.
This winter's forecast for the northern half of the United States is expected to be much colder than average, with frigid temperatures across the Northern Plains, New England, and the Great Lakes regions peaking in most areas of the country by January 2023.
In the southern half of the country, you should expect moderately colder temperatures in January that will give way to milder temperatures in February, and a mixture of the usual amounts of precipitation during the winter, which may include some late-season resurgences before the spring. The Almanac is calling for cooler-than-average temperatures in all southern parts of the country. The West and Southwest regions should have typical conditions for winter this year, without too many surprises.
This Winter Expect to Shake, Shiver, &
Shovel Snow Blow!
Forecast Image is Courtesy of Farmers' Almanac
Our Expert Advice for Winter 2022-2023
Generally speaking, if you live in the U.S., expect a much colder and heavier 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. Read below for our snow blower recommendations for seniors.
Is Shoveling Safe?
As many as 100 deaths per year in the US can be associated with shoveling snow1, so before 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.
Sharing Winter Thoughts From Stephen Ariens
A special thanks to Stephen Ariens of Ariens Co., Director of Product Management, Snow, for this interview.
Do you think we’ll see a lot of snow throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions? What about the mountainous west?
Stephen A. - "The Midwest has seen good snow the past couple of years (minus Chicago and Detroit areas) and we expect that to continue."
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."
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."