Although the Northeast will likely get the brunt of this year’s winter weather with snow and precipitation, the Southeast will also see its share or freezing temperatures and wintry weather…just much later into the season. While winter officially starts on December 21, 2016, the Farmers’ Almanac predictions  point to some snow and cold conditions in mid-November in the Northeast, Great Lakes, and Midwest. The good news is that the frigidly cold temperatures won’t take hold until much later in the season. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year.

Look To February For Winter Weather

According to predictions, December and January will be a mixed bag of wintry weather with temperatures and storm systems being spotty and inconsistent. An active storm track will deliver above-normal precipitation to the Southeast, Northeast and New England states throughout most of the winter,especially February. In addition, another storm track from the Pacific will deliver an above-normal precipitation across the Western States, while near or below-normal precipitation will cover the nation’s midsection.

Even though most people associate Winter with snowfall and ice, this year’s weather looks grim for the Southeast where drought-like conditions will more than likely continue for states like North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Isolated winter weather and storms will threaten parts of Virginia and North Carolina in December and January, while the deep south will stay relatively dry and free of large storms. The best chances for snow and frigid temperatures in the Southeast will be mid-February and mid-March.

Damaging Freeze Threatens Farmers In Southeast

The new year of 2017 will bring in a pattern weather changes as a sudden burst of cold air penetrates the region. In January and February, we have a high likelihood of seeing a damaging freeze in central Florida. The freeze and frost could mean a disaster for the area’s citrus farmers. This cold air and big temperature drops can also mean a chance for frozen pipes and water damage emergencies along with ice damage emergencies. Cold temperatures will retreat after January and the biggest threat is predicted to shift to severe winter weather.

Cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Roanoke could have some severe weather. Some prediction models could put this weather farther east where cities such as Raleigh, Wilmington, and even Charleston could be blasted with severe winter weather.

How To Prepare For Winter Weather

Now is  the time to make sure you’re prepared for a winter storm:

  • clean gutters to prevent icicles and ice dams that can form in freezing rain and snow
  • check caulking and weather-stripping around windows and doors
  • trim tree limbs that could fall on your roof under the weight of snow or ice

Learn more: 11 tips for winterizing your home

Disaster One is constantly monitoring conditions and we’re on standby in case you experience winter storm damage. Our winter storm team specializes in: