NOAA's winter forecast is in, and it looks frozen for us

NOAA's winter forecast is in, and it looks frozen for us

Forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released Thursday the U.S.

Scientists from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said there is a 55 percent to 65 percent chance of La Nina weather conditions developing before winter begins - the second straight La Nina winter.

This winter won't likely bring any extreme snow or cold in New England, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA's Mike Halpert says the southern likely to be drier than normal, while the north from eastern Washington through the Great Lakes to upstate NY is likely to be wetter.

"Typical La Nina patterns during winter include above average precipitation and colder than average temperatures along the Northern Tier of the US and below normal precipitation and drier conditions across the South", he said. The southern expected to be drier and warmer than usual this winter, NOAA said. In fact, the Pacific Northwest has the highest odds of seeing colder-than-average temperatures.

NOAA's winter outlook doesn't forecast snow or specific storms, but La Ninas tend to favor more storms coming from the west and north than from the Gulf of Mexico or the East Coast, he said.

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Drought also could develop across scattered areas of the South, especially in regions that miss heavy rainfall from hurricane season.

Halpert said forecasters may have a better sense as to what's in store this winter in the Climate Prediction Center's update on November 16.

Remember last winter? Get ready for version 2.0, if the predictions from NOAA's annual winter weather forecast come true. "The forecast for the next several months does not really bode well", Keim said. "Areas away from the I-95 corridor have a better chance at a big snowfall".

Pastelok expects Arctic blasts to freeze the northern Plains this winter with temperatures sinking to subzero levels on a regular basis.

"In the past, we have had variable La Niña winters that have provided wetter and drier winters locally, so there isn't as reliable an expectation", Boston 25 Meteorologist Shiri Spear explained.

Drier-than-normal conditions are most likely across the entire southern U.S.

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