The most current forcast by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said La Niña will not be a major influence in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this winter. La Niña means cold and snow.
But, said the forcast. But the Arctic Oscillation can be a big player. "If the combination of enough cold air and moisture come together this winter, we could see above-average snowfall," reported NOAA.
We may experience that "but" this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, with snow expected Saturday. For Burke and the immediate area, little or no snow accumulation is expected. Up to six inches is expected in the mountains west of D.C.
The 2012 Farmers Almanac calls for a winter of near-normal temperatures and above normal snow fall for the Atlantic corridor from Richmond to Boston. Although most .
The Almanac predicts our coldest temperatures in mid-December, and early and mid-February. The snowiest periods are expected in mid-December, mid- and late January, and late February.
Henry Margusity at AccuWeather.com and Megan Michelson of ESPN Action Sports predict La Niña will have an impact on our winter weather. "The major cities [in the Interstate 95 Corridor] will probably be fighting many mix precip storms with the snow lovers along the I-95 corridor pulling their hair over heavy snow versus ice and rain," Margusity said.
Snow lovers can plan their happy dance for the end of January. The Almanac predicts an East Coast blizzard Jan. 30 - 31.