(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Accuweather's just released long range forecast predicts the worst of winter will be late in coming, but when it gets here, look out.
Long range forecaster Paul Pastelok says November temperatures should be slightly above normal, close to normal in December, with below average temperatures after New Year. He says snow totals could also finish slightly above normal.
"We average about 40-45 inches of snowfall a season and we're predicting somewhere in that 45-50 inch range."
Pastelok admits the signals are weak this year making the forecast a little risky. But the warm, dry fall we've experienced won't last.
"What it's telling us is that there's a little bit of a flip going on. And so we should see an increase in the amount of moisture. We should see some cold air coming in."
Overall it’s expected to be a brutal winter in the Midwest due to a strong polar vortex. "it looks like it's going to be an active one in the eastern U.S. and Midwest, storms, frequent storms," says Pastelok.