©istockphoto.com/Imgorthand

AccuWeather.com revealed its winter snow predictions for 2021-2022 and if you’re a fan of the white powdery stuff, you’re in luck. Word is that we’ll have an above-average amount of snowfall this winter here in the Garden State.

So far, October still feels a lot like summer outside. But enjoy it while you can because that all will change in the coming months. While it’s not predicted that we’ll get as much snow as last winter, the snow totals will likely be above average, especially in the northern part of the state, says AccuWeather.com. Right now, New York City can expect anywhere from 26 to 32 inches while Philly may get anywhere from 20 to 26 inches.

Winter doesn’t begin until December 21, but it might be wise to check the fit on your kids’ snow boots and make sure your shovel is in working order. AccuWeather says we might get snow this November and that January is likely to be the coldest, snowiest month. (BRB, going out to stock up on cozy socks and warm blankets.)

La Niña, a phenomenon that occurs when the water is cooler near the equator by the Pacific Ocean, will shape the weather patterns we experience and it seems like there’s a good chance of snow in store for us.

“This winter, I think, is going to be a colder one, at least for the interior sections from the Appalachians to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. “Last winter, temperatures across these areas were right around normal, but this year, the winter as a whole is likely to average 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit below normal.”

Pastelok said we should brace ourselves for a chilly January and the accompanying higher heating bills, but that a “February thaw” is possible, providing a brief respite.

Not a fan of the cold and snow? It could be time to start booking those winter travel plans to somewhere sunny, or maybe just discover a new fun winter sport to get excited about right here at home.

See What Our Readers Are Saying