A strong La Nina weather pattern will keep the cold and stormy weather in place across the Capital Region into at least February. Photo: AccuWeather.com
According to an updated winter forecast released today by AccuWeather.com, a strong La Nina in the equatorial eastern Pacific will continue to cause extreme weather for the remainder of the winter of 2011 across much of the country. The difficult part of the forecast is where the extreme weather will occur and whether or not it will occur with regularity.
Despite some reports that La Nina was weakening, the current La Nina is still going strong and many forecasters predict that it will persist into the Spring and potentially even the Summer and Fall of 2011. AccuWeather.com long range forecasters believe that due to the strong La Nina, colder than normal temperatures will continue to affect the eastern states, particularly the northeast and the Capital Region of upstate New York, into early February. Continued cold outbreaks are expected through the end of January, with the deepening snowpack primed to make the outbreaks even more extreme.
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Storminess is also expected to continue across the Tennessee Valley region, while much of the southeast remains chilly. This is in stark contrast to a typical La Nina when the south is often warm and dry. Storms developing in the Tennessee Valley often track off the mid-Atlantic coast and up into the northeast, bringing significant winter weather events. Therefore, we can expect continued threats of storms and snowfall, with some wintry mix events thrown in as well.
The winter forecasts for the remainder of the country can be found in the article by AccuWeather here.
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