NOAA releases 2017-18 winter outlook for the United States

NOAA Winter Outlook 2017-2018

Feds predict cooler northern US, warmer south this winter

Forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday the odds are greater than average for La Niña conditions, which in the Pacific Northwest means a cooler, wetter winter.

Deputy director for NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Mark Halpert says La Nina conditions are likely to emerge...and that would impact winter weather conditions for much of the country. But it likely won't be as toasty as the previous two winters.

Federal meteorologists are predicting that the northern United States will be cooler and wetter this winter than past year, while the southern part of the country will be warmer and drier.

In the rest of the USA, wetter-than-average conditions are favored from the northern Rockies to the eastern Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley.

Warmer-than-normal conditions are most likely across the southern two-thirds of the continental USA, along the East Coast, across Hawaii and in western and northern Alaska.

For the United States, La Nina would reduce precipitation across much of the South, with limited increases in the far north.

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NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for colder than average temperatures across the Pacific Northwest in 2017-18.

Halpert said a La Niña watch was issued in September and is likely to be upgraded to an advisory in about a month.

Halpert said forecasters may have a better sense as to what's in store this winter in the Climate Prediction Center's update on November 16.

New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, may be the exceptions to this, according to Pastelok, with early predictions calling for six inches of snowfall or more above normal in both cities.

"In the past, we have had variable La Niña winters that have provided wetter and drier winters locally, so there isn't as reliable an expectation", Boston 25 Meteorologist Shiri Spear explained. "It's a good area to head out to if you're a big skier", Pastelok said.

In the Southwest, Pastelok expects that drier and warmer weather will dominate.

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