2022-2023 Winter Weather Outlook
Temperatures are starting to dip, and parts of the U.S. have already seen their first significant snowfall. Will this trend continue, and what does that mean for your business this winter?
AccuWeather’s long-range forecasters are predicting a "triple dip La Niña," as it is the third winter in a row that La Niña will shape the weather patterns across the U.S. But that doesn’t mean we’ll see a repeat of the past two seasons. La Niña happens when water near the equator in the eastern Pacific Ocean is cooler than average, which influences overall weather patterns in North America.
Northeast: Snowfall for the season is likely to be below normal, but precipitation could end up above normal with a few all-rain events likely to unfold throughout the winter. Lake-effect snow won’t be as prominent in the eastern Great Lakes, however, farther west, near- to above-normal lake-effect snow is expected.
Great Lakes and Northern Plains: This winter, temperatures will be warmer than average across most of the central U.S., but not like last year. AccuWeather meteorologists are keeping a close eye on the polar vortex, which could bring a blast of cold air later in the season.
Southeast: Milder winter and severe weather are in store for much of the area. More frequent storms and downpours are expected following the Atlantic hurricane season. The best opportunity for snow or wintry precipitation across the interior Southeast will arrive in January and early February with one or two snowfall events possible.
Rockies and central U.S.: February is the month to watch for the polar vortex to usher in brutally cold Arctic air across the Rockies and most of the central U.S. and, in response, cause the energy demand across the regions to surge.
Northwest: Storms are expected across the Northwest, but they will do little to help drought conditions. Drought conditions could become worse in some regions of the West with the winter forecast to begin on a dry note.
Southwest: The southwest will see a milder mainly dry winter. Temperatures in this region will be up to 2 degrees warmer this winter.
If you are caught unprepared when a major winter storm hits, your business could experience disruptions in business operations, property damage, and employee injury.
On Wednesday, November 16, at 11 a.m. EST, join AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Long-range Forecaster Paul Pastelok as he shares his predictions for the 2022-23 winter weather season. He, along with AccuWeather For Business Senior Account Executive and Meteorologist Paul Drewniak, will outline what this winter has in store, the scenarios that could impact your business, and how you can prepare before the next storm hits.