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What to Expect in Ohio Winter 2023-2024?

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What to Expect in Ohio Winter 2023-2024?
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Business owners in Ohio are familiar with how winter weather can reduce foot traffic and decrease sales during colder months. Generally, Ohio winter weather is icy, due to the Arctic air that moves south with the jet stream, bringing freezing temperatures - this we can expect.

However, leading into the winter season, there are some Ohio winter 2023-2024 predictions that we at Earth Development deem noteworthy to help you best prepare for the season ahead.

Based on our research, here's what we think we will see this upcoming season in Ohio.

Ohio Winter Forecast 2023-2024: A Detailed Look

Ohio Winter Forecast 2023-2024: A Detailed Look

The Winter Forecast for Ohio 2023-2024 indicates some notable changes from previous years, largely influenced by the transition from La Niña to El Niño weather patterns. Here's a breakdown of what Ohioans can expect in the upcoming winter months:

Temperature and Precipitation Outlook

  • Transition to El Niño: This winter marks a shift from the La Niña pattern of the past three years to an El Niño winter, characterized by warmer ocean waters near the equator. This change typically affects the overall weather patterns across the globe, including Ohio​​.
  • Temperature forecast: The Climate Prediction Center forecasts above-normal temperatures across the northern United States, including Ohio. The best chances for warmer-than-normal conditions are in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and upper Great Lakes states​​.

Specifics for the Ohio Valley

  • Snowfall: Over the last 18 years, the average snowfall in the Ohio River Valley has been around 33 inches. For the Winter of 2023/2024, snowfall in the Ohio River Valley is expected to be in the range of 25 to 35 inches, with locally higher amounts in hilltops and higher terrained regions​​.
  • Monthly Breakdown:
  1. December: The early stages of winter are likely to see average snowfall and overall temperature patterns. Precipitation is expected to be slightly above average.
  2. January: Continuing the trend from December, January is also predicted to have average snowfall and temperatures, with above-average precipitation.
  3. February: The final stages of winter are expected to bring warmer air and drier conditions, with temperatures leaning above average and precipitation and snowfall below average​​.


The Ohio Winter Forecast for 2023-2024 suggests a departure from the typical La Niña winters, with El Niño's influence bringing potentially warmer temperatures and varying precipitation patterns. While snowfall might be around the average, fluctuations in temperature and precipitation throughout the season could impact daily life

and activities. Ohioans should stay informed and prepared for a winter that might differ from the recent trends.

Ohio Winter 2023-2024 Predictions from the Old Farmer's Almanac

According to the Farmer's Almanac, winter is forecasted to be colder than normal with below-normal precipitation but above-normal snowfall. Expect the coldest periods in early to mid-December, early to late January, and much of February, with the snowiest periods in January, late February, and early March.

Prepare for a snow-filled winter in the Ohio Valley during the 2023-2024 winter season, as the El Niño event is expected to bring increased snowfall to the region. Businesses in the area should be prepared for the snow removal season to ensure smooth operations and safe premises for customers and employees. Proper planning and management of snow removal services will be essential to keep walkways, parking lots, and entrances clear. Invest in reliable snow removal equipment and services to efficiently navigate through the snowy season without any disruptions. Stay ahead of the snow and make the necessary preparations for a successful snow removal season.

November 2023

November 2023 is expected to be cold and rainy with frigid temperatures ranging from 37°F to 46°F. Be sure to pack warm clothes, as you may experience cold weather throughout the month.

December 2023

December 2023

The month of December 2023 in Ohio is anticipated to be cold and snowy. Throughout the month, the average high temperature is forecasted to be 39°F, with an average low temperature of 25°F. Additionally, there is a higher likelihood of increased snowfall towards the end of the month according to the Farmer Almanac.

January 2024

Get ready for a snowy start to the year in the Ohio Valley as above-normal precipitation and snowfall are expected overall in January. Be prepared for winter weather conditions, including snowstorms and icy roads. Make sure to have your winter essentials handy, from shovels and ice melt to warm clothes and proper footwear.

February 2024

Above-normal snowfall and colder temperatures are expected through mid-February. Be prepared for snowy landscapes and chilly conditions during this period.

What Was the Winter of 2022-2023 Like in Ohio?

What Was the Winter of 2022-2023 Like in Ohio?
  • December 2022 — The coldest periods occurred in early and mid-December when temperatures dipped below freezing for several days in a row. The snowiest periods were in late December when several storms brought heavy snow to the state.
  • January 2023 — January 2023 in Ohio was a cold and snowy month. The average temperature was 29.4 degrees Fahrenheit, which was 1.9 degrees below the 30-year normal. The coldest temperature was -25 degrees Fahrenheit in Cleveland on January 28. The most snow fell in Cleveland, with 35.6 inches.
  • February 2023 — February 2023 was quite mild, with above-average temperatures and very little snow. This was a welcome change from the previous month, which was one of the snowiest on record in the state.
  • March 2023 — As predicted by Almanac, the weather in Ohio was slightly warmer than average, with above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation.
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How to Prepare for the 2023-2024 Winter Season in Ohio

As the 2023-2024 winter season approaches in Ohio, it's crucial to be prepared even if the temperatures are expected to be slightly higher than usual. The persistent snow and increased precipitation, leading to more sleet, require proactive measures, especially for residents of Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo and other Ohio cities. Here are some steps to ensure you're ready for winter:

Stock Up on Salt and Deicing Agents

Make sure you have an ample supply of salt and deicing agents on hand. This ensures that you can quickly and effectively deal with snow and ice when they arrive. Always store these materials in a cool, dry place to prevent them from absorbing excess moisture.

Inspect Your Outdoor Space

Take the time to thoroughly examine your outdoor areas for weaknesses. Paving cracks, tripping hazards, and potholes are prime candidates for becoming problematic during winter. Water freezing in these open crevices can cause cracks to expand over time. It's advisable to address these issues during the summer months.

Remove Tripping Hazards

Remove Tripping Hazards

Snow can conceal tripping hazards, posing risks to pedestrians. Safeguard your property by addressing these hazards before winter begins.

Consider Professional Snow Removal Services

Earth Development offers reliable snow removal services throughout Ohio. Our equipment, skilled workforce, and expertise are equipped to prepare your property for all seasons, not just winter. Businesses and property owners can rely on us for pre-treatment, ice control, and regular snow removal services.

By following these steps and considering professional snow removal services, you can ensure that you are well-prepared for the challenges that the 2023-2024 winter season may bring to Ohio.

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With over 20 years of experience in the industry, you can trust our expertise to handle your winter needs. Contact us to arrange a free quote and consultation. We'll leverage our extensive knowledge to assess your property and develop a customized snow and ice management plan, tailored specifically to navigate you through the cold Ohio weather.

Eddy Zakes
Eddy is a distinguished expert in the snow removal and landscaping industry, boasting over 20 years of experience. As an Advanced Snow Manager certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), he is dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards. His strong commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of improvement makes him a trusted voice in the snow removal and landscaping.
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