The AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team has Chicago right in the middle of where the worst of winter 2011-2012's snow and cold is expected to be.
"Last winter was nasty in Chicago. This winter could be just as bad," warned AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck.
This will make it the fifth winter in a row with snowfall well above normal and temperatures well below average for the city. The last time there were this many back-to-back winters with snowfall well above normal was in the 1970s.
Last year's winter was certainly rough. Most notable was the historic blizzard that hammered the city on the first two days of February, dumping more than 20 inches of snow in just 24 hours. The storm forced hundreds of people who became stuck on Lakeshore Drive to abandon their vehicles.
Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Meteorologist and leader of the Long-Range Forecasting Team, said this winter will be similar to last year, in terms of both snow and cold.
"The difference, though, is that last year, Chicago was hit with heavy snow later in the season. This year, it will be earlier," Pastelok explained.
He added, "They had one big storm last year that brought their snowfall to well above average. This year, there could be several big ones."
Bitter cold is also expected to come on strong early in the season during December. Temperatures are forecast to remain below normal into January, then perhaps trend a bit closer to average in February.
(Average is 39 inches; Years with above-normal snowfall are in bold):
As the death toll climbs early this week, thunderstorms will continue to disrupt rescue and recovery efforts across the Kathmandu Valley.
Severe storms pummeled areas from Dallas to New Orleans during a storm outbreak Sunday into Monday.
Milder air has moved into the Northeast and will last through midweek after a cool and cloudy start.
The main threat of severe weather will focus on central and southern Florida during Tuesday.
Bouts of heavy rain will once again visit the Southeast this week, bringing the threat of flooding and travel delays.
Wildfire smoke can enhance red hues in sunrises and sunsets, even thousands of miles away from where wildfires are burning.
Memphis, TN (1991)
15.03" of rain during April 1991 -- wettest April since 1877. The previous April record was 13.90" in 1872.
Caribou, ME (1997)
6.2" of snow.
The 28th of April, 1790, a very stormy day of snow." by Ebenser Byles, Town Clerk of Ashford.