"There’s no correlation or patterns that we’re aware of that correlate October snow storms and how brutal a winter will be," said Carl Erickson, meteorologist with AccuWeather.
Erickson said this winter’s forecast shows the main storm track focusing more to the west than last season. The big cities along the I-95 corridor should see a fairly typical winter, with a few big snow events, but nothing like two years ago where the East Coast had big snowstorms every few weeks. This year the Great Lakes region, including Chicago and much of Indiana will see the heavy snows.
Unfortunately, the Southwest and Southern Plains aren’t likely to see any relief from the extreme drought conditions they have experienced this year, with warmer and drier than normal conditions expected to continue through the winter.
The worst news is that the drought is continuing in the southwest and south-central states. The best news is that the I-95 megacity will have average snowfall.