It's not even winter yet - in fact fall doesn't begin until Sept. 22 - but Accuweather.com reports that unlike last winter, students (and teachers) can expect more snow days this winter.
The winter of 2011-2012 was mild and mostly without snow. There were closings for snow last year, but there could be even more for the 2012-2013 school year.
While Accuweather does not release its full winter forecast until October, Accuweather meteorologist Meghan Evans writes, "Following a snow drought during winter 2011-2012, the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will get a snow dump this winter."
Accuweather.com staff writer Samantha Kramer reports:
The presence of El Niño or La Niña - and their strength - is used to project how active the winter season is going to be. AccuWeather.com Long-Range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late in the summer.
For kids praying to hear school's out for a snow day, the weaker the El Niño, the better. Weak El Niños have brought snow-packed winters to most major Northeast cities in the past, said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston.
Guess how many snow days will be in Middletown this school year in the comments section below. We will check back once the snow starts to fall to see how everyone did.