AccuWeather released their winter forecast for the United States today.
AccuWeather meteorologists predict cold and snow for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. For the Tennessee Valley and Southern Plains, ice and snow are possible. In general, much of the South can expect wet conditions. There's a lot of uncertainty for the Northern Plains. The West Coast drought is expected to continue for the Pacific Northwest, with some drought relief for parts of California.
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
Last winter, this region saw record cold and snow. Similar conditions are predicted for this upcoming winter. Higher than normal snow totals are forecast west of the I-95 corridor. Philadelphia can expect just above average snowfall totals. New York City can also expect just above average snowfall totals this winter.
Southeast, Gulf Coast, Tennessee Valley
Areas like Raleigh-Durham and Houston are predicted to have a very wet winter. Ice storms will threaten from eastern Texas through eastern Kentucky.
Midwest, Ohio Valley, Northern and Central Plains
The winter season for cities like Chicago is expected to be cold, but not as extreme as last year. In fact, some cities may actually be 7-9 degrees warmer than last year's three-month average. Below normal snowfall totals are expected in this region. Chicago could fail to pick up even 30 inches of snow this year, and Minneapolis could also see below average snowfall totals.
Southern Plains and Southwest
An expected weak El Nino pattern may lead to high moisture content in this region. That would lead to above normal snowfall for this area, including the Four Corners, NW Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Northwest and California
Much of California is suffering through a fourth year of extreme drought conditions. Unfortunately, much of the West Coast can expect below normal precipitation. Northern California, including San Francisco and Fresno, are forecast to continue to see below average precipitation. Parts of southern California, including the Los Angeles area, look to fare better than northern California, with slightly above normal precipitation expected, especially farther from the coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued their Winter forecast for the U.S. last week. NOAA's Winter forecast is a bit different from AccuWeather's Winter outlook.
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NOAA predicts another warm winter for the western U.S. and a colder winter for the southern U.S.
West Coast drought conditions are expected to persist or even intensify in some areas. NOAA predicts above average precipitation in parts of California. This will allow a slight improvement in drought conditions for southern and northwestern California.
Above average precipitation is also expected for much of the southern tier of the country, including Texas and Florida. Places that could see more precipitation this year include Houston and Raleigh.
Below average precipitation is favored for Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. This could mean a less snowy winter for Chicago.
The temperature outlook favors warmer than average temperatures parts of the West and Northeast. This includes cities like San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia.
Cooler than average temperatures are forecasted for much of the South, including Houston. A large portion of the nation's midsection (including Chicago and Raleigh), falls into the "equal chance" category. This means that climate signals are not strong enough for these areas to make a prediction. These areas have an equal chance for above, near, below or normal temperatures/precipitation.