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Where to Go to Escape the Snow

Where to Go to Escape the Snow

No doubt about it, this winter has been rough so far. Last week, a powerful blizzard pounded the northeastern U.S. and much of Canada. There were even reports that 49 out of the 50 U.S. states had gotten snow so far this year. The lone holdout, Florida, was a month too early to make the list. It saw snowfall and brutally cold temperatures in December.

Skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and other snow lovers are no doubt having the time of their lives. If you’re sick of the cold, though, and sick of shoveling snow, here’s a look at the ten warmest major cities in the continental U.S.*, along with their average wintertime temperatures:

1. Miami, Florida, 70° F
2. Los Angeles, California, 58.9° F
3. San Diego, California, 58.1° F
4. Long Beach, California, 57.5° F
5. Phoenix, Arizona, 57.2° F
6. Mesa, Arizona, 55.3° F
7. Jacksonville, Florida, 54.6° F
8. Houston, Texas, 53.6° F
9. San Francisco, California, 53.3° F
10. Tucson, Arizona, 52.9° F

Of course, those are averages. What about this year?

Overall, we expect locations in California and Arizona to see mild temperatures with average precipitation this winter. If you were planning on wintering in Florida or Texas, however, you may want to reconsider. We’re calling for very wet and cold conditions in those areas this winter. Floridians have already seen these predictions come true, with record low temperatures gripping the region, and near freezing conditions as far south as Miami.

If you’re planning to escape to one of these sunny locales this year, be sure to check the Farmers’ Almanac long range forecast for the rest of the winter.

* Out of the top 50 largest U.S. cities by population.

10 Responses

  1. Austin, TX has been having great weather!! Not very wet either. It rains about once a month for a day, perhaps a second day drizzle.

    by sylvia on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm

  2. @rb – The reason Miami was left off is because the list only included the top 40 cities, by population. Miami is number 42. The list has now been changed to reflect the top 50 cities by population, which allows Miami in. As you noted, it is much warmer than other cities on this list.

    by Jaime McLeod on Jan 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

  3. The Almanac left out S.Florida on their list, specifically the Miami area which is much warmer than most Calif cities throughout the winter. Wondering what they have against Fla?

    by rb on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

  4. @PippNPann – These cities are all in the top 50, by population. St. Petersburg doesn’t make the cut due to its size.

    by Jaime McLeod on Jan 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  5. I wonder why FL is cut out. The average highs and lows in St. Petersburg for JAN – FEB are 69 & 70 and 53, 54.

    by PippN Pann on Jan 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  6. Who wants to escape from it? I will light a fire and enjoy, there is so little time left to see it fall before long we’ll be complaining about the heat, and next winter we may not have any snow so just enjoy peeps!

    by cindy on Jan 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  7. What about Clearwater, Fl? It was 70 yesterday while Buffalo (my home town) was 11.

    by Kristen Wright on Jan 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

  8. i love every bit of snow we get wouldnt trade it for any trip i was born n raised in maine and believe me i will stay in maine …thier is nothing like the good old state of maine ..maine is the way..all the way…i love the snow better then having mudd slides and tornados and hurricanes and whatever else is out there ,,,

    by barbara on Jan 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

  9. Amy, you wouldn’t be disappointed. That’s my favorite winter escape.

    by dubleott on Jan 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  10. I would have to say the warmest place in the continental US would be the Florida Keys. Their weather is just like the Carribbean. I think about going down there.

    by Amy on Jan 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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