NOAA's Winter Outlook favors a warmer than average season across Mid

James Marshall
October 17, 2020

Will this winter be any different?

"With La Niña well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the USA will experience this year", Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said.

New England is in for a warmer-than-average winter, if the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's predictions are correct.

The La Niña ocean-atmosphere phenomenon is forecast to continue, which forecasters say will bring a drier and warmer-than-normal winter from California to the Carolinas.

"The greatest chances for warmer-than-normal conditions extend across the Southern tier of the USA from the Southwest, across the Gulf states and into the Southeast", according to NOAA. You can see in this map, the darker orange and red colors mean a warmer than normal temperatures.

PHOTO: The temperature outlook for this winter December, January and February.

That will likely bring us above-average snowfall in MI.

AccuWeather says the polar vortex - bands of frigid Arctic air swirling around the North Pole - is expected to remain "locked in place" for much of the winter.

Most of the Pacific Northwest. however, has about a 40% chance of having a wetter than normal winter.

This year's Winter outlook also shows wetter than average conditions for much of the northern states, while drier than average conditions are favored for the Southwest, Gulf coast and Florida.

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