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How will winter be in Cleveland this year?

Posted at 10:17 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 11:00:41-04

CLEVELAND  — Get your warmest coats and your snow shovels ready!

That's according to News5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson, who revealed his Winter 2019-20 Forecast on Tuesday.

Johnson said the odds favor a snowier and colder winter season for all of northern Ohio.

"My research shows that the current ocean-atmospheric conditions around the globe closely resemble those back in 1995, 2004 & 2013," said the 30-year forecasting veteran.

The winters that followed in those years averaged colder than normal and snowier than normal across our area.

The Winter of 2004-05 saw Cleveland measure its largest seasonal snowfall ever recorded - 117.9 inches. Akron and Canton shoveled 60 inches. Mansfield measured 86 inches.

The Winter of 2013-14 is well-known for its above-average snowfall and its bone-chilling cold! Major reporting cities around our area saw temperatures drop well below zero between 10 and 14 days that season. Brrrr.