What To Expect in Winter 2020 in the Midwestern United States

At Earth Development, we don’t just provide the most reliable snow removal services in the Midwestern United States, but we work to ensure all our clients are fully informed and know what to expect every winter.

By employing the knowledge and expertise of meteorologists, we take pre-emptive action to prepare businesses and homes for the coming winter months. We also track weather trends and information every year to show you what to expect.

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In 2020, the United States is bracing for a difficult winter, with the normal problems of the weather combined with the COVID-19 pandemic. With customers warier to travel to stores and officers, it’s important that businesses take every step possible to make shopping a safe experience…and that includes clearing entryways and making parking lots safe to use in freezing temperatures.

Before we tell you how we can help, let’s first take a look at what the experts are saying for winter 2020-2021.

What the Experts Say for This Year

At the end of September, Accuweather released its annual prediction for the upcoming winter season. Their team of long-range forecasters have produced a map that shows what the lower 48 states in the United States should expect this winter, which officially begins on December 21. And in this annual prediction, much of the focus is on La Niña.

If you’ve never heard of it before, La Niña is a phenomenon that sees surface water close to the equator of the Pacific Ocean dropping to cooler temperatures than usual. The temperature of this water has a surprisingly big impact on global weather, and according to the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, La Niña developed at the beginning of September and is expected to continue throughout winter 2020-2021.

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While last winter saw salt shortages in the north-eastern United States, the weather itself could have been much worse. There was little snow along the Interstate 95, but there were, admittedly, some pretty serious Arctic outbreaks. This year, it looks like we can expect something similar.

Temperatures will probably compare to 30-year averages in much of the eastern United States, but there will likely be some severe weather events throughout the north-east.

The north-eastern region and the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley area should also expect an early-season chill, meaning temperatures are likely to drop over the next few months and before winter even officially begins. With low temperatures comes dangerous roads and ice, and the prospect of early snow is also on the table.

In the Great Lakes region, the early arrival of Arctic air means that big cities should expect disruptive snow.

However, experts also believe that once we hit 2021, there might be a “Big turn” in temperatures. Snowfall is likely to decrease into the new years, with temperatures rising earlier than usual. The north-east will see a break in cold temperatures and snow, but heavy snowfall will continue in the Midwest and Great Lakes area. The storm track will also shift to the east as the winter season comes to an end, meaning coastal regions could see large snowstorms. There is also a risk of those snowstorms traveling east.

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For Iowa and Minnesota, snow will be common throughout the entirety of the winter, experts predict.

Senior Meteorologist at Accuweather, Paul Pastelok, also said that the polar vortex dipped down below north-eastern Canada in April this year. That mean Easter in the United States felt more like Christmas. Pastelok added that he expects that polar vortex to strengthen again in the middle of the winter season this year, meaning that the Arctic air will affect much of the northern United States and will be brutally cold.

He did, however, say that it won’t be as strong as last year, nor will it hold on as long. So while it might not be quite as bad this year, the low temperatures mean that there will be plenty of ice, and still frequent opportunity for snowfall in northern and the northeastern United States.

Here’s How to Prepare

For businesses and homeowners alike, the winter weather poses some great risks. Winter weather creates slippery outdoor surfaces, putting you, your family, your colleagues, your employees, or even your clients at risk.

Whether snowfall is more extreme than last year or not, that cold Arctic air that is expected this year will bring plenty of opportunity for ice to freeze over your parking lots, pavements, sidewalks, and entryways.

Thankfully, Earth Development is here to help. Not only do we deliver up-to-date information about the weather and provide a huge range of resources on our website, we also have a team of snow removal professionals across Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

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With our fleet of hundreds of vehicles and machines, along with highly motivated, qualified, insured, and experienced team members, we help homeowners and businesses prepare for the winter. We do this by signing customers up to competitively priced snow removal and deicing plans that give you constant access to our tools, team and expertise.

Choose a plan that suits your needs and budget, and the Earth Development team will attend your property before, during, and after a winter event. We utilize the expertise of meteorologists to ensure we’re prepared for sudden snowstorms and freezing weather, and we dispatch a team with the tools right for your property. We perform pre-emptive deicing treatment, remove snow during and after snowfall, and keep your entryways clear and safe to use.

Whether you have a huge parking lot that must be cleared regularly or smaller entryways that you want to keep safe, our team is here for you.

Get Your Free Quote Today!

Be prepared for this year’s harsh winter weather by getting your free quote today. Give the team a call or reach out online, and not only will we send a team to evaluate your property, we’ll even welcome you to come see the fleet for yourself!