Storm Team4: Mild winter will give way to snowstorms

WASHINGTON — The snowflakes in our Tuesday afternoon and evening forecast are only scattered ones, but our overall wimpy winter is eventually expected to give way to some big snowstorms.

“Don’t think that we’re getting out of this scot-free,” Storm Team4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer tells WTOP. “I still think we’re still going to see the snow.  I think it’s definitely going to be a back-half winter.”

He says December was mild as predicted in the Storm Team4 Winter Forecast that was released in November.

“The month of December was extremely unusual.  Now we predicted it would be above average, but I thought maybe it would be about 3 to 4 degrees above average.  I did not think we would see A) the warmest December ever, and B) we would simply shatter — shatter — the old record by more than 5 degrees.  I mean, that just does not happen,” Kammerer says.

“We also predicted the fact that we wouldn’t see much in the way of snow until late January into the month of February, and really February and early March are the times I still think we’ll get the most snow,” he says.

Asked if there’s any indication of snowstorms on the way in January, Kammerer says recent weather patterns have been favorable for them.

“They just haven’t come together,” says Kammerer.

He’s still expecting a total of 3 to 6 inches of snow in our area this month, and much chillier temperatures than we had in late 2015.

“We’re seeing a January that’s been about average, but it should start to trend below average in the next week to two weeks here,” he says.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter and anchor at WTOP.

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