The Times West Virginian

December 21, 2012

Long-range forecast: More snow and colder

Most severe weather for later in the season

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The clever folks at AccuWeather say that this winter will pack a hearty “snow” joke for the Eastern seaboard.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Especially with the mini-storm forecast for this weekend.

When it comes to winter weather, there are basically just two questions: How much snow will we get? And how cold will it get?

According to Paul Pastelok, senior meteorologist and head of the long-range department at AccuWeather, the answers are “more than last year” and “just below normal.”

“For North Central West Virginia, we’re looking at a well above-normal December,” he said. “This will offset the three-month average. We felt that February will be the coldest month at two to three degrees below normal.

“Above normal snowfall is expected for the season ... with an active January and perhaps into February and March. Snow pack can greatly impact temperatures.”

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