Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US

The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation.

The NOAA prediction has contradicted the Farmer's Almanac prediction, which said the winter will be harsh this season.

Around 75 percent of the United States is more likely to be warmer than average, and no part of the U.S.is favored to see below-average temperatures for the winter, NOAA added.

California is likely to see hotter-than-average winter temperatures, while parts of Southern California could also get greater precipitation, according to NOAA. "During the winter, typical El Niño conditions in the USA can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North", according to NOAA.

The Southeast, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic can go any which way on temperature, Halpert said.

Warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated across much of the northern and western US, with the greatest likelihood in Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.

The NOAA outlook covers the months of December, January and February, when the average high temperatures in Portland are 37 degrees, 31 degrees and 35 degrees, respectively. The chances are highest in southeastern Georgia and much of northern and central Florida.

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- Warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated across much of the northern and western USA, with the greatest likelihood in Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.

Drought conditions are anticipated to improve in areas throughout Arizona and New Mexico, southern sections of Utah and Colorado, the coastal Pacific Northwest and the Central Plains.

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center updates the three-month outlook each month. "Even during a warmer-than-average winter, periods of cold temperatures and snowfall are still likely to occur", NOAA said. The next update will be posted on November 15.

The winter, it said, will be "colder-than-normal... from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians".

Meanwhile, the southern-third of the USA and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January.

"Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter". Snow forecasts are generally not easily predicated more than a week in advance.

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