April 19, 2014

One forecast says snowblowers could sit idle again in Iowa

Map of projected snowfall from AccuWeather.com.

A weather forecasting website is making its snowfall predictions for the winter ahead.

 AccuWeather.com is putting out its nationwide winter forecast, with break-downs for each region.

While last winter was unusually warm for much of the eastern two-thirds of the country, the site says that trend will continue this year for a wide section of the Northwest and Midwest.

Iowa, in particular, is in the “below normal” category for snowfall. AccuWeather says less snowfall would translate to milder temps, though the overall forecast calls for fewer temperature extremes, compared to last winter.

Two areas of the country are forecast to get hit with “above normal” snowfall, a wide section of the East Coast as well as a cluster of states in the Rockies and the Southwest.

The National Weather Service is expected to make its winter forecast in a few weeks.