Business owners in Ohio are familiar with how winter weather can reduce foot traffic and decrease sales during colder months. Generally, Ohio weather is icy, due to the Arctic air that moves south with the jet stream, bringing freezing temperatures.
What Was the Winter 2020-2021 Forecast in Ohio?
Ohio was set for a “very flaky” and “cold “ winter, with the Great Lakes region usually seeing extremely low temperatures during the winter. Colds were predicted to be in late January and at the beginning of February.
The forecast was true, as the first winter events started in late November, bringing over 23 inches of snow in Cleveland. A powerful cold wave occurred in late January, and a nor’easter brought an ice storm around Groundhog Day.
All businesses should have a snow maintenance strategy to mitigate harsh weather conditions. As a starting point, it’s important to know what kind of weather to expect. The most reliable predictions come from the Farmers’ Almanac Winter 2021 forecasts.
At Earth Development, we rely on such trusted resources and experienced meteorologists to help keep you prepared. Let’s see what the Ohio winter 2021 predictions are.
Winter Forecast for Ohio 2021-2022
The Farmers’ Almanacs’ extended forecast predicts that Ohio valley and the far western United States could see heavy rains and snowfall towards the end of February. Plenty of ice and snow is also to be expected throughout winter.
Ohio, as said above, is set for a “very flaky” and “cold” winter season, with the Great Lakes regions seeing freezing temperatures throughout. The coldest periods will be in late January and the beginning of February, with icy temperatures also extending into March.
This may come as a surprise, as the region has sweltered during summer’s heatwave. But now, cooler days are drawing closer. Winter officially begins with the winter solstice on Tuesday, Dec. 21. This year, the long-range forecasts hint the spring equinox on March 20 could be “more winter-like than spring.”
Heavy snow is expected to start in January, with massive storms in February, and perhaps more in later winter, around March. On the upside, the winter forecast for Ohio also suggests snowy conditions won’t be as severe as they were last year.
From February, there is an elevated probability of warmer than average temperatures, and near average to slightly below-average precipitation. The likely probability of above-average precipitation in Northwest Ohio is mostly due to the return of the La Niña phenomenon.
How to Prepare for the 2021-2022 Winter Season in Ohio?
While temperatures are expected to be slightly higher than usual, the snow will still persist, and increased precipitation means more sleet. To mitigate risks wrought by winter weather, you should have a snow removal and ice management plan.
Stocking up on salt and deicing agents ensures that you can get rid of it as quickly as possible when the snow does arrive. Always store salt in a cool, dry place to stop it from absorbing additional moisture.
Along with this preventative measure, you can also analyze your outdoor space for any weaknesses. Paving cracks, tripping hazards, and potholes are prone to become problem areas. Water that freezes in open crevices expands and widens cracks as seasons go by.
Always try repairing these damages during summer. Snow also covers tripping hazards. This poses a danger to pedestrians, which is why it's best to remove them before the start of winter.
That being said, many businesses and households count on us for pre-treatment and ice management to prevent the formation of ice on driveways and parking lots, as well as for regular snow removal. We’re taking requests for snow removal for the next 2021-2022 season!