Winter Predictions for 2021-2022, Plus Ida Updates and Flood Risk to East and West

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Get the Old Farmer’s Almanac Prediction for winter weather in 2021-2022, plus the latest updates on Ida and flood warnings across the Northeast, severe weather central US, and flash flood watches in 7 Western states.

Winter predictions for 2021-2022: How cold will it be?

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its annual 2021-2022 winter predictions and is forecasting a cold one, dubbing it the “season of shivers,” USA Today reported.

According to the almanac, except for portions of the West, Pacific Coast, and northern plains – which will all see “mild” winter temperatures – the rest of the country should prepare for a cold one.

According to the almanac’s predictions, the New England area, parts of the Appalachian region, the Ohio Valley, and the northern areas of the South will see above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures.

Parts of the Southwest, particularly southern New Mexico will see a winter that is colder and snowier than usual.

The rest of the West, however, is expected to see a mild and dry winter, which does not fare well for the ongoing drought and exacerbated fire seasons.

Potential severe weather in upper Midwest and East

The latest forecast by the National Weather Service has issued warnings over the potential for severe thunderstorms on two fronts for Wednesday.

The first is over the upper Midwest for central and southwestern South Dakota into Northwestern Nebraska.

The second is to the east where severe thunderstorms could create severe weather over central and eastern North Carolina; central and eastern Virginia; Maryland; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; eastern West Virginia; southeastern Pennsylvania; southern New Jersey; Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Ida moves East bringing flood warnings, watches and advisories

By 10 AM ET on Wednesday Tropical Depression Ida (winds of 38 mph or slower) was expected to be centered between Charleston West Virginia and Lynchburg Virginia, moving east by northeast, passing over Washington, D.C. by 10 PM. By early Thursday, Ida will move across Delaware and over southern New Jersey by 10 AM, then into the Atlantic. However, its outer bands will still expand into portions of New York, Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as Boston, Massachusetts as it moves out to see my 10 AM Friday, according to the latest storm tracker by NBC.

The National Weather Service NWS has issued the following flood-related alerts for Wednesday:

Flash flood warning: western and northeastern Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; northern West Virginia; south-central New York.

Flash flood watch: northwest North Carolina; southeast and eastern West Virginia; western Virginia, Washington, D.C.; central and western Maryland; Virginia; New Jersey; Delaware; southeastern Pennsylvania; eastern Maryland; southern New York; Connecticut; Rhode Island; Massachusetts; southern Vermont; southern New Hampshire; southwestern Maine.

Flood advisory: Central Pennsylvania.

7 Western states under flash flood watches

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood watches for 7 states in the West on Wednesday. The affected areas include southeastern California and deserts; southern Nevada; Arizona; southern and central Utah; Western Colorado; western, south-central, and north-central New Mexico; extreme western Texas.