LONG RANGE WINTER FORECAST: Less snow, but more ice headed for St. Louis

The cold has already begun, with temps up to 30-degrees below normal for this time of the year. 

Sam Masterson
November 15, 2019 - 5:00 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - According to our partners at AccuWeather, there's plenty of snow, ice and winter weather on the way this season.

AccuWeather's lead long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok and KMOX's AccuWeather meteorologist Dean DeVore gave their long ranger winter forecast for the St. Louis area, which seems to have begun in the last week with temps up to 30-degrees below normal for this time of the year. 

Pastelok says we can expect temperatures moving up and down a lot into December. 

Overall the temperature prediction this winter is just about one or two degrees below normal, but Pastelok says that's the conservative forecast and he thinks it will actually be colder than that. 

In terms of snowfall, AccuWeather is calling for a "weak" snow year for St. Louis. The average snowfall in the area is 18 inches, but last year we saw about 24 inches of snow. They're calling for about 15 to 20 inches of snow this winter. 

Pastelok says he's more concerned this year about greater ice accumulation.

"We haven't seen a lot of ice the last few years, but we could see a lot of mixed storms that could produce ice so that could keep accumulations down," Pastelok says. "And that's worse than the snow."

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