WUSA9 released its winter outlook for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Previously, we’ve reviewed Doug Kammerer and NBC4’s winter outlook and shared highlights from Mike Thomas and Fox 5’s winter weather outlook. All three have had some pretty significant differences, with WUSA9’s predicting the most snow of the three.
Following a review of last winter, WUSA goes into explaining a La Niña winter and the lack of snow that usually comes with it. After warning that “weak La Niñas” often come with low snow totals, WUSA9 goes rogue! “This year we are banking on two small to moderate snows and one big snow to bring our snowfall totals to near average or a bit above in some locations. Generally, we are predicting near-average to a bit above-average snowfall in the DMV. Here’s the breakdown.
- 5 – 10 inches in southern Maryland
- 10 – 20 inches along the I-95 corridor
- 20 – 30 inches in our northern and western suburbs.
- 30 – 40 inches Hagerstown west to Cumberland
- Well over 40 inches west of the Divide. “
As you can see in the map in our featured photo, Montgomery County is in the 18″-26″ range, which is much higher than 1-6” of snow predicted by NBC4 and a bit more than the 9-18” predicted by Fox 5. The City of Rockville’s average snowfall is 21 inches per year and WUSA9 is predicting 22 inches for Rockville. On average, places like Gaithersburg, Germantown, Clarksburg, and Damascus get a bit more snow than Rockville does, while areas like Bethesda, Potomac, Wheaton, and Silver Spring get a bit less.
The Farmers’ Almanac also released its 2022-2023 extended winter outlook earlier this fall. MoCo and almost all of Maryland seem to fall under the “Significant Shivers, Slushy, Icy, Snowy” category. Just to our south and west is the “Unreasonably Cold, Snowy” category, which means that we may have a good amount of winter precipitation for the first time in a few years, according to their forecast. We asked our resident snow forecaster, MoCoSnow, about Fox 5’s outlook. “Not as conservative as I would’ve expected for another La Niña pattern, but Mike Thomas added that the pattern could change later in the winter, so February will be very interesting to watch this year. Doug Kammerer went very conservative, but if it goes higher, nobody will care because of the excitement that comes with snow. WUSA9 was the boldest so far and that’s risky.” The full WUSA9 2022-2023 winter weather outlook can be seen here.