As winter takes the US by storm(s) for the first few weeks of January, many carriers are interested in knowing if they should expect severe weather throughout the winter of 2023-2024.
The NOAA provides helpful forecasts to help determine what can be expected in the winter months. Though these forecasts are instructive, weather can be somewhat unpredictable. Discretion should be practiced when planning routes regardless of projections.
Temperature Outlook for Winter 2023-2024
Chart courtesy of NOAA.
2023 was the warmest year on record by far. As winter approaches, the warmer temperatures will continue throughout the winter of 2024.
The West Coast, Northern Great Plains, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic coast should anticipate above-average temperatures for the coming months. The southern portions of the US can expect temperatures similar to what is typical for their state.
One might be tempted to assume that warmer temperatures mean less winter weather. The following data shows otherwise.
Precipitation Outlook for Winter 2023-2024
Chart courtesy of NOAA.
Despite warmer temperatures, above-average precipitation is expected across much of the southern US, particularly on the coasts. Otherwise, most of the US will experience average precipitation, except in the Great Lakes and Dakotas.
Also, if you’re hauling through Florida, you may want to pack a coat.
Severe Weather Outlook for Winter 2023-2024
Chart courtesy of HHS.
The chart above shows a county’s risk of being susceptible to winter weather, ice storms, and cold waves. This chart accounts for the likelihood of such events and the potential impact on the community. Click here for more information on defining risk from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Northern Plains, Midwest, and Northeast Coast show particular risk for severe weather. These areas offer a high likelihood of extreme weather and potential for incidents like outages. If you plan to ship in these locations, research must be performed on the destination’s weather.
Winter weather can be unpredictable, but awareness of winter trends can aid carriers in selecting safe routes. For live weather updates, visit https://www.noaa.gov/.
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