The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center in its November 17 US Winter Outlook said the East Coast is among the US regions that have equal chances during the 2005-2006 winter season for temperatures and precipitation above or below normal levels.
"Equal chances for temperature or precipitation means there are no strong or consistent climate signals for either above or below normal conditions during the season," said Edward O'Lenic, lead outlook forecaster at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. "There is an equal chance of warmer than, cooler than or near normal," he added.
The average annual snowfall in the District of Columbia is 18 inches, but varies from season to season.
District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency (DCEMA) Director Barbara Childs-Pair encourages all District residents to prepare in advance for winter weather. Mrs. Childs-Pair said, "Residents should know and understand the various winter weather terms and should have emergency supplies on hand in the event of power outages or other conditions due to severe winter weather. They should prepare for the full range of winter weather."
Some of the winter weather terms to know and understand are:
Winter storm watch: Severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, are possible within the next day or two. Prepare now!
Winter storm warning: Severe winter conditions have begun or are about to begin in your area. Stay indoors!