Our experts down at WeatherWorks Inc. have recently issued their 2015-2016 Winter Forecast Preview! After the past years’ record setting snowfall, the question arises of “How much snow are we going to get?” These eight words are destined to haunt anyone even remotely near Boston. According to the preview however, it’s time to take a deep breath. WeatherWorks’ forecast predicts a strong El Niño which correlates to below average snowfall (El Niño events are normally categorized by warmer sea surface temperatures).
But we aren’t completely safe from the storm’s fury this winter. As any true Northeasterner might know, the weather can be unpredictable, and if everything goes right there’s no reason why we can’t see another record setting blizzard, it’s just less likely. While snowfall predictions are down mixed conditions are likely to increase. In other words you probably won’t see a snow bank towering over you, but you’re going to have to deal with slush and sleet. Mixed precipitation proposes hazards that may not be considered, and it’s important to be prepared. Slush and wet snow that builds up produces issues with draining, which in turn leads to flooding. Make sure all storm drains as well as run off areas are cleared so water can drain properly. This applies to all buildings, especially homes which may not have such sophisticated systems for removing water. The last thing anyone wants to wake up to is a swimming pool in their basement. So be prepared this winter, it’s not too early to repair that old snowblower or if needed make sure you have an intact shovel. The best we can do is expect the worst and prepare for another year of brutal whiteout conditions, but let’s hope that’s not the case.