From an extremely rare white Christmas to an immobilizing snowstorm in January to one of the coldest Decembers on record, last winter was extreme for Atlanta, to say the least.
This winter, the AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team does expect some similarities to last winter for Atlanta with a chilly start to the season along with the possibility for a couple of snow or ice events.
The good news, however, is that this winter is not expected to be nearly as extreme in terms of cold.
"This winter in Atlanta, it may be chilly to start, but nothing extraordinary," said AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck. "There will be cold shots in the early part of the season, but they won't be as nasty or long-lasting as they were last year."
After the bitterly cold start to winter last year, the season turned out milder for Atlanta by February. A shift to milder weather later in the season is predicted again for this winter, only it will be even more noticeable.
The problem that may arise later in the season, however, is severe weather events. A significant threat for severe weather is expected to develop in February from Mississippi into Alabama and Tennessee. Atlanta could be right on the outer fringe of the core of this activity.
As for snow, Smerbeck warned that a couple of snow or ice events are not out of the question. "They can get some snow this year, but the main zone of stormy weather will be just off to their northwest."
Atlanta averages about 2 to 3 inches of snow per year. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity pointed out, "If Atlanta does get a couple of snow or ice events, they could easily have near- or even above-normal snowfall this year."
A storm that brings several inches to the city may not seem like a big deal for people across the northern U.S., but Atlanta, as well as other cities across the South, is not equipped to handle much snow.
Last winter, a major storm system delivered 4 to 5 inches of snow to Atlanta, bringing the city to a virtual standstill.
That storm forced the city to increase its snow removal operation from 10 to more than 115 pieces of equipment, according to the AJC.
The odds of another snowstorm like this affecting Atlanta this year are small. Chances of Atlanta having another white Christmas are close to zero. Last year, 1.2 inches of snow fell on Christmas Day in Atlanta, making it the first time in 128 years that measurable snow whitened the city on Dec. 25.
A train of storms will slam into the Northwest United States well into next week and perhaps through much of December.
Downpours will continue the threat for flooding across parts of southern India this week.
Tens of thousands will gather in rainy and mild conditions at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, for the 83rd annual Christmas tree lighting.
Rain will spread across much of the Eastern states into the second day of December 2015.
Snow will linger across parts of the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as December begins.
Following several days of dry weather, a weak area frontal boundary will bring rainfall to northern France Thursday night into Friday.
Snow fell for 5 minutes in South Florida in the Ft. Myers area.
Eastern Maine (1964)
Down east blizzard 12-18" snow, accompanied by 60 mph winds; 8' drifts. Record snow from Detroit to Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA 8.5" snow, most for date Akron-Canton, OH 24" snowstorm Dec. 1-2 - biggest snowstorm on record Detroit, MI Record 19.2" snow paralyzed city.
Ohio, Ontario (1996)
A line of severe thunder storms moved across the state. In Cleveland, OH there was a 60 mph wind gust. An 18-foot tractor trailer was blown over on I-77 in Richfield, OH. In Guelph, ON a wind gust lifted the roof of a gym, where a church group was playing basketball. Residents of one neighborhood saw a car spinning on its grill like a top.