According to AccuWeather’s winter 2016-2017 outlook, chances are high for temperature and precipitation extremes to impact large portions of the U.S., making a long season seem even longer for many.
Of particular note for Florida citrus growers, reports indicate that while very mild air is expected to hang on in the Southeast region throughout December, 2017 will bring with it a pattern change and sudden burst of cold air.
“I am afraid that we have a shot at seeing a damaging freeze in Central Florida in mid- to late January this year,” said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather Long-Range Forecaster.
A freeze event could spell disaster for the Sunshine State’s citrus growers, who already are coping with severe insect and disease pressure.
Other highlights from the forecast include:
- Frequent storms across the northeastern U.S. this winter may lead to an above-normal season for snowfall.
- Shots of brutally cold air are predicted to slice through the upper Midwest; an early start to lake-effect snow season is in store.
- Fall-like weather will linger across the southern Plains and Gulf Coast, and dryness will become a major theme as the season progresses.
- Winter will get off to a quick start in the Pacific Northwest and northern California with rain and storms.
- Warm and dry conditions will span much of the season for central and Southern California and the Southwest.