Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; middling in middle

Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; middling in middle”

With colder air moving over relatively warm Great Lakes, lake-effect snow could be heavier than normal especially early in the winter months, said Mike Halpert, deputy director, the Climate Prediction Center. From Los Angeles to Dallas to Atlanta, the Climate Prediction Center said to expect less severe winter storms and warmer than average temperatures.

This map provided by NOAA shows the winter temperature outlook for the U.S. Federal forecasters say thanks to a nascent La Nina it is likely to be warmer and drier than normal down south, colder and wetter up north and in the middle it's hard to say what's going to happen, sort of meh.

NOAA came out with their Winter Outlook today.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal forecasters predict this winter may paint the stripes of different weather: Warmer and drier than normal in the south, and colder and wetter than usual in the far north.

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The northern cold band that the weather service predicts is mostly from Montana to MI.

Drought is expected to persist and spread in the southeastern USA and develop in the southern Plains.

There is also a correlation between snow cover in Eurasia (Siberia) and the amount of snow we may see in New England. And it doesn't look good for drought-hit California.

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The NOAA's official forecast for the season, released Thursday, says there are equal chances of above- or below-average temperature and precipitation for a large swath of the country, including New Jersey and most of Pennsylvania.

La Nina means more snow not only across OH but all of the Great Lakes.

If you have your fingers crossed for a warm, snow-free winter, you may be out of luck.

The outlook does not predict the timing or intensity of snowstorms or seasonal snowfall totals, but it is meant to allow preparation for what is likely to come in the next few months.

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