National Capital Region: Outlook for 2019-2020 Winter Season

During the 2019-2020 winter season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects warmer than average temperatures, more rain, and unpredictable weather patterns in the National Capital Region (NCR).


  • NOAA has indicated that it will be harder to predict weather patterns weeks in advance because at this time, there will be no predictable El Niño or La Niña climate patterns this winter.

  • For the NCR, this could mean that there are large swings in temperature and precipitation. Last snow season, the NCR accumulated a total 16.9 inches of snow with maximum snowfall in January.

  • DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMA) continues to practice preparedness by updating winter weather plans to assist with rapid response, coordinating across agencies to anticipate resource needs, and preparing residents for winter conditions through media outreach and public messaging.

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