GALLIA COUNTY — Snow still clung to the ground on Monday afternoon in Gallia County following Friday’s late-night snow “storm” that swept across the area.
While snow will give way to cloudy skies through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, many in the region are wondering if the winter of 2013 will prove to be as mild as last year’s colder months.
While El Niño challenged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) early predictions for the 2012-2013 winter, the newest three-month weather outlook for January, February and March 2013 show an equal chance in the Ohio Valley for above average, normal and below average temperatures. However, there is a prediction for an above average chance of precipitation for the Ohio Valley and western and Central Ohio.
Increased precipitation is also in the forecast for the entire state of Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and portions of western Western Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, as well as eastern Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas, and the most northern portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, according to the NOAA’s three-month outlook map.
The 2013 annual weather summary for the Ohio Valley as published in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the longest running periodical in the United States that claims an 80-percent accuracy rating with its long-range forecasts, states that this winter will be “colder and drier than normal with above-normal snowfall.”
The almanac further states that the coldest periods will be in early January and in early and mid-February with the snowiest periods in early to mid-January.