It's not even winter yet – in fact fall doesn't begin until Sept. 22 – but Accuweather.com reports that unlike last winter, students (and teachers) can expect more snow days this winter.
Despite a , the winter of 2011-2012 was mild and relatively snowless. There were no snow days in Watertown and the 180th school day came on the earliest possible date as a result.
It was a stark contrast from the winter of 2010-2011 where the area saw one big snowstorm after another and Watertown by February 2, 2011.
The has five built-in snow days. School started last week, and the last day of school is June 21, 2013 if no snow days are used. If all five snow days are used the last day is June 28, 2013.
Based on the Accuweather.com report, school may get out closer to that June 28 date this year.
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."