Snovember 2.0?


Sarah Jiva, News writer

We all know what everyone’s favorite week of school was last year (besides

Spirit Week of course)- the week Western New Yorkers from all over were snowed in

and schools were closed during last year’s “Snowvember.” So this year the question is

will we be faced with the same storms, wind, snow and travel bans as last year?

According to the Farmers’ Almanac the answer is yes, New Englanders, including

Western New Yorkers, will experience a bitter, frosty winter, once again. The Northeast

and Mid-Atlantic States are predicted to have a good quantity of snow this winter.

Stormy weather is expected to last through the first half of March. The Southeast states

will also be affected, accumulating above-normal precipitation. It is believed that the

winter will start off mild across most of the U.S., but it will not last for long. Winter

storms are expected in the Northeast and the south central plains during February, and

during other weeks later in the winter season. The mild start will likely conclude in

winter temperatures that are close to normal, and that still means chilly conditions for

New Yorkers.

Last year, however, Buffalonians were faced with the Blizzard of 2014 which tied

the record in 1942 of the lowest temperature in Buffalo at minus five degrees. With this

storm, a minus twenty-eight wind chill was produced, keeping residents in their house in

their cozy slippers by the fireplace. The blizzard’s six feet of snow stranded people in

their cars, trapped people in their own homes, caused numerous roofs to collapse and also

caused quite a few deaths. A lifelong Buffalonian even declared that the blizzard of 2014

was worse than the blizzard of ’77, which really says something.

It appears that Western New Yorkers will at least not have too awful of a pre-

winter in November as they did last year, but what is to follow? Perhaps we will have a

“Snowcember” or “Snowanuary” in the 2015 to 2016 winter ahead. In the meantime, go

outside and listen to the crunching of the leaves, and look at the green grass before lives

are once again covered in snow.