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AccuWeather Forecasts More Snow Days for Burlington Students this School Year

AccuWeather.com long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late summer, which could mean more snow this winter.

It's not even winter yet - in fact fall doesn't begin until September 22 - but Accuweather.com reports that unlike last winter, students (and teachers) can expect more snow days this winter.

Despite a , the winter of 2011-2012 was mild and relatively snowless. There were no snow days in Burlington and the 180th school day came on the earliest possible date as a result.

It was a stark contrast from the winter of 2010-2011 where the area saw one big .

The Burlington school schedule has five built-in snow days. The Burlington started on Sept. 4. Burlington schools build-in five snow days for the year that can be used without extending the school year. 

Based on the Accuweather.com report, school may get out late this 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.

"Historically, both strong La Niñas and weak El Niños have produced higher-than-average snowfall in the Northeastern U.S.," Boston said. In contrast, "weak La Niñas and strong El Niños historically bring lower-than-average snowfall."

To read more on the potential of a snowy winter click here and here.

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