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Think Snow! A Very Early Winter Forecast

Remember years ago, when the Washington area got cold, snowy winters, how ice dams along your house's eaves caused water damage? How you wished you had a little shed for the trash cans or firewood? How you really, really needed a mud room for all those boots and coats?

Consider yourself warned: Real winter is coming back, according to meteorologists at Accuweather in State College, Pa.

From their forecast: "The overall weather pattern that has prevailed this summer is pointing to a winter very similar to that of 2002-03, when major cities on the East Coast had above-average snowfall. ... The storm track that could develop this year will bring storms up the Eastern Seaboard. This type of storm track will differ from that of the past two years, when storms tended to take a track farther west from Texas into the Great Lakes. That track into the Great Lakes brought unseasonably mild weather to the major East Coast cities, keeping them on the more rainy side of the storms. The track this year right along the Eastern Seaboard would put the major cities on the cold, wintry side of the storms."

You have from now to, oh, sometime in December, to get your carports, mud rooms and woodsheds built. Personally, I sure hope they're right!

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  July 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Home features , Outdoors , Remodeling and repair  
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