AccuWeather Forecasts More Snow Days for Wrentham Students this School Year
AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late summer, which could mean more snow this winter.
It's not even winter yet - in fact fall doesn't begin until September 22 - but Accuweather.com reports that unlike last winter, students (and teachers) can expect more snow days this winter.
Despite a rare snowstorm last October, the winter of 2011-2012 was mild and relatively snowless. There were a few off days including on the Monday after the snow storm as King Philip High School and the Wrentham Public Schools did not have power and in January due to bad weather.
It was a stark contrast from the winter of 2010-2011 where the area saw one big snowstorm after another.
This year, the final day of school at KP High School is June 18. Based on the Accuweather.com report, school may get out closer to the end of the month.
While Accuweather does not release its full winter forecast until October, Accuweather meteorologist Meghan Evans writes, "Following a snow drought during winter 2011-2012, the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will get a snow dump this winter."
Accuweather.com staff writer Samantha Kramer reports:
The presence of El Niño or La Niña - and their strength - is used to project how active the winter season is going to be. AccuWeather.com Long-Range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late in the summer.
For kids praying to hear school's out for a snow day, the weaker the El Niño, the better. Weak El Niños have brought snow-packed winters to most major Northeast cities in the past, said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston.
"Historically, both strong La Niñas and weak El Niños have produced higher-than-average snowfall in the Northeastern U.S.," Boston said. In contrast, "weak La Niñas and strong El Niños historically bring lower-than-average snowfall."
For insight on what goes into making the decision to call (or not call) a snow day, click here to see the Stoughton Patch's breakdown on the process.