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Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US

Theresa Hayes | 19 October, 2018, 20:27

While the current spell of unseasonably cold weather might have you fearing the worst this winter, the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center's outlook from December through February is anticipating a milder winter for much of the USA, according to their forecast released Thursday.

Around 75 percent of the United States is more likely to be warmer than average, and no part of the U.S.is favored to see below-average temperatures for the winter, NOAA added.

No place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the government's Climate Prediction Center.

These warmer-than-usual temperatures in the Pacific Ocean often bring warmer winters across the country as well as more rain to Southern California and the southern U.S.

The outlook does not include seasonal snowfall accumulations, but it is being predicted that New England, similar to last year's forecast, has an equal chance of seeing above, near, or below normal precipitation.

While this is just one outlook, it doesn't tell us too much.

Much of the north and west parts of the country - especially Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains - are set to see warmer-than-normal conditions, NOAA said.

Winter weather expert Judah Cohen, of the private company Atmospheric and Environmental Research, uses different indicators to predict winter for the National Science Foundation.

Map showing the NOAA winter outlook for the months of December, January and February for the U.S.

Overall, no part of the U.S.is forecast to have below-average temperatures.

Meanwhile, the southern-third of the US and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January.

Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains. They will provide you with estimated snowfall totals for the winter in Eastern Kentucky.

"Snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance".

NOAA also doesn't forecast specific snow ranges for the season as there's very little accuracy this far out.

Cold air and even some snow blanketed areas of Maine Thursday, but the National Weather Service predictions indicate that Maine might experience a milder-than-average winter.