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Could an early winter be in the forecast?

Jaclyn Harold
Created: November 12, 2019 06:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Tuesday morning may have taken a few Rochester residents by surprise with temperatures below twenty.

"We were really close to record lows across much of the region," said Todd Shea, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.  

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As the first of many cold days to come, the community had something to say.

"So it's really cold," said Bailey Griesbach, who was visiting from Wisconsin. 

Winter doesn't officially start until around December 22, but officials say Tuesday wouldn't be the first time that it seemed to come a little sooner.

"I think the last time we were actually probably back in the 1950s," said Shea.

Griesbach says she's used to the cold weather, and she actually enjoys it.

"Yeah, I like it. I like the cold. I don't mind it," said Griesbach.

There isn't a way to determine how severe or mild the winter conditions will be- just because of low temperatures. However, a slight change in weather patterns is what meteorologist Shea believes caused the winter temperatures to roll in so soon.

"We had a kind of a switch in weather patterns there in late October that not only allowed cold air to get in the region but some snowfall to fall across the region," said Shea.

Though winter can't be predicted, there is an interesting theory about the snowfall.

"Looking at past years, sometimes when we get early snowfall we can actually hold snow on the ground, that every storm system that comes through is going to be a little colder, and it's more likely to produce more snow," said Shea.


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