State College's AccuWeather released its winter outlook last week, with the prospect of a less-than-snowy winter for the Delaware Valley and Mid Atlantic if their take is correct.
AccuWeather's thinking is that our winter will be a back half winter, as a mild push in December and early January will likely delay the best chance of snow for our region until later in the winter.
"It's not going to be a complete [snow] drought season coming up, but I think they'll have to wait until probably late in the season to get their best chances of the higher snow amounts," according to AccuWeather's long range forecast expert Paul Pastelok.
Accu's forecast suggests the primary storm track sets up across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, with a snowier-than-average result for Omaha, Chicago, Milwaukee while lower than average snowfall totals would manifest themselves across the Southeast and Mid Atlantic (to the east and southeast of low tracks).
Last winter's forecast from them suggested above average snows in Philadelphia, Washington, and New York...and we all know the result. And, oh, 2011-12's forecast wasn't much better, unfortunately, for snow lovers.
Winter forecast season will continue to slowly unfold over the coming weeks as forecasters try to make predictions of the upcoming winter's weather.