In case you missed Zach's Winter Outlook for 2009-2010 Wednesday night, here are the details:
*Above normal temperatures & near-normal precipitation.
*More snow than last Winter, but still below normal.
*More ice this Winter than in recent years.
One of the main factors in the last statement is that the pattern setting up appears to have high pressure centered over New England. Low-level cold air thus moves south down the east side of the Appalachians right over Central Virginia. With moisture from the Atlantic and Southeast overriding that cold air, this is a perfect setup for significant ice storms. This should, therefore, lead to more ice this Winter than in the recent past.
SNOW: 9" predicted, most of which should come from one Nor'easter
ICE: Several minor ice events, with one significant ice storm
TEMPS: Above normal, with six days in the 70s in December, January, and February