Winter weather: Snow in the works?

Laura Maginley
Assoc. News Editor

The fall 2012 semester is rapidly coming a close and winter break is in the not-so-distant future. Is it time to whip out that Pokémon umbrella or those cute snow boots that are probably too small at this point? Eric Horst, director of the Weather Information Center at Millersville, provided insight on the season’s forecast.
“It looks like it will be a fairly typical winter with intermittent snow and cold, but also some milder spells,” commented Horst. He also mentioned that this would be a significant contrast to last year’s winter weather, which was quite warm. The long-term average snowfall is about 25 inches, but 2011 only shoveled out 11 inches.
“My expectation is that we’ll see between 20 and 30 inches of snow, in aggregate, this winter,” explained Horst. He also shared that the most recent storm to hit the Northeast, Hurricane Sandy, had no affect on weather patterns.
For those wondering if it’s time to find those sleds, it’s impossible to tell when a White Christmas will occur. “What I can tell you is that a ‘White Christmas’ happens here only about 2.5 times per decade…so the long term ‘chance of a white Christmas’ is 25 percent,” Horst shared.
For up to date information on Millersville’s weather and forecasts, visit http://www.atmos.millersville.edu/~wic/.