Relying on two trusted sources — the Farmer's Almanac and the National Weather Service — Concord Township resident Jerry Owens said the winter of 2016-17 will not be ideal.
And so far, all three have been right.
"We are at the highest snowfall for this time of year since at least 2011," said Owens, a local weather watcher and snowfall counter who has been trained by the National Weather Service.
With 2 1/2 inches that fell overnight, the total snowfall count for this year now stands at 70 inches, according to Owens. Last year on this same day, the total was 20.5 inches.
Other totals thus far for previous years are 22 inches in 2011, 27.5 inches in 2012, 64 inches in 2013 and 49 inches in 2014.
A winter storm watch for Erie and surrounding counties that was issued earlier this week has turned into a winter storm warning beginning at 6 p.m. today and continuing into 4 a.m. on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
"I'm sure we are going to benefit from all of that," Owens said.
Predictions of 8 to 12 inches of new snow are expected.