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Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper's Winter Weather Forecast



PITTSBURGH - This year WPXI-TV Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper is forecasting above-average snowfall for the months of December through March.

Cropper predicts 41.5 inches of snow during that period – about 3 more than the average.

Cropper said Pittsburgh will get about three dozen accumulating snow events this year – the kind you’ll need a shovel to clean up.

Cropper is also looking ahead to big temperature swings – bitter cold shots followed by winter warm-ups, and that means a number of rain showers and wintry mixes this winter season.

Month by month:


December will start on a mild note, but quick shots of cold air will help snow totals jump to 10 inches.


January will also include mild spells, but by the middle of the month, Cropper is forecasting arctic cold.  You'll need the shovels and snow blowers as a foot of snow is in the forecast.


February will be the coldest month of the season and another snowy one, too. Cropper is forecasting 12 or more inches. 


By March, Pittsburgh will see a shift to spring, but cold air will be tough to move out. That means another 8 inches of snow is in the forecast.  The roller coaster ride of temperatures will set up the recipe for a few more ice or freezing rain storms as well.