Snow plows are tucked away in garages. Giant salt mounds remain untouched. Snow shovels, dry. If you live in the eastern United States so far this year it seems like old man Winter has checked himself into a retirement home.
While the mountains of Hawaii get two back to back blizzards, Chicago just tied it's least snowiest December ever, only accumulating a trace of snow.
"Overall, it's just been incredibly snowless for December," said meteorologist Ricky Castro of the National Weather Service office in Romeoville. "Snow is such a wild card. Odds are increasing that we're going to have a below-average amount of snowfall this winter, but how far below is hard to tell."
But the question that is on everybody's mind is will winter make a comeback? To find that out we have to first see why the Northeast and Midwest is lacking snow. The main reason is the storm track. If you remember many different forecasters were predicting a very snowy winter in November. It was originally predicted that the main storm tracks would be nor'easters and Alberta clippers. Both of these favor snow for the Midwest and Northeast. But the main storm track has been a Mississippi cutter. This storm usually produces heavy rain for most of the Northeast and Midwest.
But what about the "Polar Vortex". Last year the media was in a frenzy over the Polar Vortex. The Polar Vortex is simply a pocket of cold air that usually resides in the arctic circle. However, sometimes it moves into North America. Although this process may not happen. It is going to get very cold very soon. So yes chances are you are going to be hearing in the media "POLAR VORTEX STRIKES AGAIN" or "The eastern United States is under a POLAR VORTEX WARNING".
But what about snow? An Alberta clipper will move through on Tuesday through Wednesday and while it has the potential to strengthen off the coast it is currently unlikely. There is definitely some chances for winter storms in the next two weeks. Besides the Alberta clipper there will be a chance for a winter storm next Saturday through Monday, and a chance for a winter storm the following Friday. Please note that these are just chances as the models have been VERY inaccurate lately
So what is the general consensus?
While there isn't any stand out chances for a snowstorm, when there is colder weather, there is a much higher chance for snow. Hang in there snow lovers, snow may be coming your way!