Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US

In fact, Halper said, nowhere in the U.S.is expected to be colder than normal; continuing a national trend over the past several years.

"We find ourselves on the verge of El Nino", said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, on a call with reporters Thursday.

The main headline from the press release is that there is a higher chance of the United States to experience warmer than average temperatures for the winter.

-The Southeast, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic all have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures. They also said the El Nino will have a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of happening.

A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States this winter according to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

During that time, an Arctic cold front will move across the US and produce bitter winds and a drop in the temperature over much of the U.S. "The last cold winter that the country saw was back in 2013-14, and I'd expect MI to probably follow that pattern".

NOAA says much of the northern and western US will have warmer-than-normal conditions with the southeast having equal chances for temps that run either below-normal, near-normal or above-normal. It ranked as the sixth-warmest winter on record, and everywhere, except the Pacific Northwest, was warmer than normal. The map below shows the mean temperatures for winter 2014.

Drought conditions are most likely across the Southwest, Southern California, the central Great Basin, central Rockies, Northern Plains, and parts of the interior Pacific Northwest. The southern states of the US, as well as those in the Mid-Atlantic, are expected to receive above-normal precipitation. The WYMT Weather team will have their 2018-2019 Winter Outlook for Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, November 20th.

Above-average rainfall is most likely northern Florida and southern Georgia this winter.

-This outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations.

Anyone hoping for a lot of snow is likely to be disappointed more often than not this winter.

Overall, however, the western half of the country experienced warmer-than-average temperatures while the eastern half received the colder air.

  • Essie Rivera