Direct Weather published the first major winter forecast for the 2020-2021 winter season on Monday, July 13. More forecasts are sure to come in the coming weeks and months, which can give us a pretty good idea of what this winter might look like.
Generally speaking, the earlier in the year a winter forecast is made, the less accurate it will be. This is because meteorologists have a less clear idea of what the atmospheric and El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) patterns look like. The long term winter forecasts are rarely correct, due to ever-changing atmospheric conditions.
The forecast calls for above-average snowfall in the Pacific Northwest, some of the Intermountain West including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado, and the northeast. These regions will likely receive above average snowfall due to the La Niña pattern that is predicted to be in effect this winter.
- Related: NOAA Posts 2020-2021 La Niña Watch | Snowfall Totals Expected to be Above Average in Pacific Northwest, Drier for Intermountain West
The forecast calls for drier winters in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and parts of Utah and New Mexico.
If you want to watch the full forecast from Direct Weather’s YouTube channel, go check it out here.