|Last January snowstorm map|
According to the National Weather Service, our first killing frost or freeze will hit southwestern Missouri long about November the 1st! So, the month will likely enter in a chilly fashion.
According to my personal weather records for the previous two years, 2013 got into cold temperatures early on and perhaps helped to set the stage for the brutal winter that was to come. Does anyone remember the term 'winter vortex'? That rather rare setup occurred last year and really plunged much of the nation into the meat locker over an extended period of time!
This year, the predictions for the winter of 2014-15 are all over the board. Some meteorologists see a mixed bag for much of the nation with southwest Missouri becoming colder and wetter than normal with more in the way of ice storms. I hope that one doesn't pan out.