New Map Shows What Pennsylvania Weather Will Be Like This Winter
Winter is coming, and a hot topic right now is how much show Pennsylvania is expected to get. I personally don’t like snow at all. If I never saw snow again, I’d be a happy camper. But, we’re in Pennsylvania, and we’re going to get snow this winter. But, how much snow? Well, a new map is out that shows what Pennsylvania weather will be like this winter.
This map, released by Climate.gov, highlights the U.S. map and weather trends for January through March of 2024. Our area usually gets the most snow and ice during those months, as does the rest of the U.S. Most El Niño winters bring drier and warmer weather to the upper parts of the U.S. and wetter and cooler weather to the southern parts. That’s the forecast for this winter. Specifically, Climate.gov says in a typical El Niño winter, “there is a reduction in snowfall (brown shading), especially around the Great Lakes, interior New England, the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, extending through far western Canada, and over most of Alaska. In fact, El Niño appears to be the great snowfall suppressor over most of North America.”
Looking at this map, which you can see here, during an El Niño winter, the Northeast and Midwest get several inches less of snow. Meanwhile, out west, they get several more inches of snow, as well as in the middle of the country. Moreover, “As a result, it is not surprising to see a stripe of increased snowfall (blue shading) over the southern half of the country. Obviously, snowfall is limited in its southernmost reaches because it needs to be cold enough to snow, so the effects are strongest in the higher and colder elevations of the West.”
So, what will Pennsylvania weather be like this winter? Well, Pennsylvania looks like it’s going to get less snow this winter. A lot less snow. That’s based on the dark brown color in our area on the map. Hopefully that makes you happy. I certainly makes me smile. Find more information here.