While most reports have been scaled back at least slightly from what they were originally reporting, many forecasters are still saying that Raleigh should see a winter with more cold and more precipitation than usual.
Multiple long range forecasts, published about a month ago, agree that the Southeast in general should experience these conditions, Raleigh included.
The almanac, referred to below, and used by meteorologists nationwide published their report three weeks ago: “Winter will be colder and drier than normal, with near- to above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-December, from late December through early January, and in mid- and late January. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid-January.”
The average temperatures for both November and December are expected to be five degrees below normal overall, and while no snow is expected to fall in November, there is predicted snowfall in late December. For those who dream of a white Christmas, this might be your lucky year.
If you need a visual, almanac.com attached this chart to their article.
Last year, Raleigh received a measured 5.8 inches through the month of March last year. Most of that snowfall came in March, with over 3 inches of snow and ice accumulated from two different storms.
Of course, all this is subject to change, and forecasters struggle with getting the next day’s forecast correct. But it’s worth a glance and for those who love snow, it’s something to look forward to.