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AccuWeather Forecasts More Snow Days for Students this School Year

AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late summer, which could mean more snow this winter.

It's not even winter yet - in fact fall doesn't begin until September 22 - but Accuweather.com reports that unlike last winter, students (and teachers) can expect more snow days this winter.

Despite a rare snowstorm , the winter of 2011-2012 was mild and relatively snowless.

Last winter was a welcome reprieve from the year before.

Based on the Accuweather.com report, school may get out closer to the end of June this year. 

While Accuweather does not release its full winter forecast until October, Accuweather meteorologist Meghan Evans writes, "Following a snow drought during winter 2011-2012, the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will get a snow dump this winter."

Accuweather.com staff writer Samantha Kramer reports:

The presence of El Niño or La Niña - and their strength - is used to project how active the winter season is going to be. AccuWeather.com Long-Range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late in the summer.

For kids praying to hear school's out for a snow day, the weaker the El Niño, the better. Weak El Niños have brought snow-packed winters to most major Northeast cities in the past, said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston.

"Historically, both strong La Niñas and weak El Niños have produced higher-than-average snowfall in the Northeastern U.S.," Boston said. In contrast, "weak La Niñas and strong El Niños historically bring lower-than-average snowfall."

To read more on the potential of a snowy winter click here and here.

GM Dagley September 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Sweet! My XC skis are itching to hit the rail trail....
George Merry September 09, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Don't believe everything Accweather predicts. They go by history and history doesn't always repeat it self.

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