National Weather Service Forecasts Milder Winter
Much of the U.S. will likely see warmer-than-average temperatures this winter, according to the forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Wetter-than-average weather is expected across much of the northern U.S. this winter, which runs December through February.
The outlook does not estimate seasonal snowfall accumulations, which are generally not predictable more than a week in advance, NOAA said. Periods of cold temperatures and snowfall are expected, even though it may be a warmer-than-average winter.
“Without either El Nino or La Nina conditions, short-term climate patterns like the Arctic Oscillation will drive winter weather and could result in large swings in temperature and precipitation,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
No part of the country will likely see below-average temperatures, according to the forecast.