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updated: 10/5/2011 11:40 AM

Heavy snowfall, brutal cold, expected this winter, Accuweather predicts

We could get more snow than last year

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  • Remember this from January? Forecasters say we could get more snow this winter.

       Remember this from January? Forecasters say we could get more snow this winter.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer


Get ready for a winter that could make many people in the Midwest and, specifically, the Great Lakes area "want to move," Accuweather meteorologists said.

Meteorologists from said the area will see between 50 and 58 inches of snowfall in the upcoming winter, about equal to the 57 inches that fell last winter.

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In addition, brutally arctic cold air will move in over December and January, freezing people to the tune of what could be labeled the "worst in Chicago," Accuweather meteorologists said.

However, meteorologists believe the chance of seeing another massive blizzard like the one on Groundhog Day of 2011 is unlikely. They did say, however, that a couple of "heavy hitters" could fall this winter.

Snowfall is predicted to be above normal from Minnesota and Iowa into Michigan, Ohio and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. Above normal snowfall is also likely in areas farther east into Pennsylvania and New York due to an lake-effect snow season.

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