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What to expect this winter weather-wise

Posted at 5:06 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 17:06:17-05

CLEVELAND — Winter is coming.

Literally and figuratively. At least Meteorological winter, which starts on December 1 and goes through February. This is done for record-keeping.

Fall wraps up a little up and down.

We had average temperatures for September but a little wet. Chilly in October and wet again. November ended up mild and stayed wet. Since it was warm, most of our precipitation came as rain.

This up and downward trend will likely continue into winter but with a little more frequency with waves of cold then warm. The outlook may show an average to near average trend for temperatures, but it is just that, an average. A La Nina pattern and a warm pool of ocean water in the northern Atlantic will be the cause of these waves.

Above-average precipitation is expected and if this comes during those colder waves, that means more snow. But it doesn't look like it is snow that sticks around at the end of the driveway all winter.

That stormy trend was also here over the fall. We had almost four inches of our 5.79 inches of rain in one day in September. About a third of our rain that fell in October came in one storm.

Cleveland averages 14.1 inches of snow in December, 18.7 in January, and 14.9 in February.

Our average high in December is 38.8 degrees, 34.4 degrees in January, and 37.5 degrees in February.

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