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

NOAA Winter Outlook 2017-2018

Warmer-than-average conditions are also more likely across other areas of the East Coast, the southern two-thirds of the United States, Hawaii, and in parts of Alaska, NOAA says.

Expect a warmer than normal winter in New England, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

They say it's because of a 55 to 65 percent chance for a "La Nina" weather pattern.

This forecast for a mild winter across more than half the country doesn't mean the snow will stay away completely, however.

La Nina represents below average ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.

NOAA and the Climate Prediction Center issued their winter weather outlook for 2017-2018. It has extensive effects on the weather in North America and can affect Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons.

NOAA will update its U.S. Winter Outlook on November 16.




According to NOAA's projections, wetter-than-average conditions are favored across most of the northern United States, extending from the northern Rockies, to the eastern Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, in Hawaii and in western and northern Alaska.

NOAA graphic shows winter precipitation outlook.

There was a La Nina for the early part of last winter.

"Typical La Niña 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".

Nationally, Halpert said, he expected a generally warm winter, but not as warm a winter as the past two, which were No. 1 and No. 6 all time in terms of warmth.

This winter is expected to be snowier than usual for Chicago. Jones said northern areas of the state might just be immune from La Niña, spelling good news for ski areas and skiers themselves.

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