Chill Out - Maine Could Have A Milder-Than-Average Winter

On Philadelphia’s chilliest day in seven months feds release winter outlook

Plowing a Colorado driveway on Monday after a pre-season snowfall. Almost ’tis the season. Helen H. Richardson The Denver Post via AP

No parts of the country are due to see a colder-than-normal winter.

The outlook does not include seasonal snowfall accumulations, but it is being predicted that New England, similar to last year's forecast, has an equal chance of seeing above, near, or below normal precipitation.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, releasing its Winter Outlook on Thursday, predicts that MI will see a warmer and drier than normal 2018/19 winter season. Meteorologists predict theres a 75 percent chance itll be around this winter.

The Climate Prediction Center (a division of NOAA) has released their early outlook for the winter 2018-2019 season.

The northwestern United States, including parts of Northern California near the OR border, is likely to see the highest chances of warmer temperatures.

El Nino is an ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that is linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.

- Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.

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Halpert said the track record of winter outlooks is better than that of outlooks for other seasons, or about 40 percent better than the flip of a coin - good enough for people to be able to utilize the outlooks.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service think much of the US will have a warmer-and wetter-winter than normal. It's expected to be drier in the Northern Rockies and Nothern Plains.

In the valley of the Tennessee, the OH valley and mid-Atlantic States (NJ, NY, MD and PA), the temperature will be or on the secondary level or above.

Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the US, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.

Precipitation is expected to be above normal across the southern tier of the U.S., extending up into the Mid-Atlantic. The center has given much of the Southern United States, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay, a clear chance of a wetter winter, with pockets of drought around the Dakotas and the Great Lakes. Wetter conditions are in store for much of the southern US, up into the mid-Atlantic while drier conditions are likely for the northern Rockies, Northern Plains, northern Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.

According to the weather service's precipitation outlook, wetter than average conditions are favored for southern states stretching into Virginia.

The weather service's forecast doesn't look at snow likelihood.

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