How Winter Weather Will Affect Your Holiday Travel Plans This Year

After making it through July — otherwise known as the hottest month ever recorded on earth — some chilly winter weather might sound refreshing. Will the winter of 2023-2024 mimic last year’s, with minimal snow and unseasonably warm temperatures, or will it provide our next dose of bitter cold and plenty of precipitation? The Farmers’ Almanac has just released their predictions for the winter of 2023-2024, and it looks like we could be in for a wild ride. Of course, predictions are not guarantees, but based on more than 200 years of monitoring the weather, the Farmers’ Almanac has issued the following extended forecast. The Farmers’ Almanac expects El Niño to return towards the end of 2023 and stick around until 2024, bringing cold temperatures, snow, sleet, and ice throughout the country. Unlike last year, where some regions had an unusually mild winter, the first few months of 2024 will see a return to typical winter conditions. Here’s the Farmers’ Almanac’s 2024 winter forecast for different parts of the country: 

Great Lakes, Midwest, central and northern New England: Below-average temperatures and a lot of snow, sleet, ice, and rain. 

Pacific Northwest: An unusually snowy and wet winter. 

California and the Southwest: Large amounts of rain and snow. 

Great Plains and Rockies: Cold temperatures and occasional bouts of storminess, bringing widespread rain and snow. 

Texas: Unseasonably cold weather throughout January and February, with a possible major winter storm in mid-January. 

The Southeast and Florida: Wetter-than-normal winter, with mostly average temperatures, with the exception of a few frosts. 

I-95 corridor from Washington to Boston: Lots of rain, sleet, and snowstorms.

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