Forecasters at the National Weather Service have released their seasonal predictions, and it’s looking likely that a La Nina weather pattern will sweep across the country, disrupting temperatures nationwide.
Many Americans could get a balmier-than-usual winter, with mild temperatures across much of the South and the Northeast. But it may get chillier than folks are used to in a few areas, including the Pacific Northwest and parts of the upper Midwest. The forecast is also suggesting big snow totals in some spots.
Take a look at how your region is expected to fare.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting “above normal” temperatures in the Southwest — in much of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana.
The warm temperatures could even extend as far east as Florida.
The Northeast also has a good chance of higher-than-usual temps.
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That’s especially true in northern New York and the other states that border Canada in the Northeast (Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine).
Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island should also see a fairly mild season.
Predictions suggest above-average temperatures in Alaska, especially above the Arctic Circle.
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The region known as the North Slope is especially likely to see a warm winter – which could spell another year of bad news for Arctic sea ice.
The upper Midwest could be in for a nippy few months, though.
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North Dakota has a better-than-average chance of seeing blisteringly cold season. Washington and Montana will probably also see temperatures dip lower than usual.
There could be lots of snow in the northern Rockies and around the Great Lakes.
Alaska could see higher-than-usual snow totals, too, especially in the western part of the state.
There’s also an increased chance of precipitation in Hawaii from December through March.
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But that won’t come in the form of snow, of course.
However, a chunk of the country from the eastern Gulf Coast to northern Florida is expected to be drier than usual this year.
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In Georgia, southern South Carolina, and Florida, there’s a greater than 50% chance of “below normal” precipitation.
Because weather predictions are based on historical models, though, much of the country’s forecast remains up in the air.
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Forecasters say the Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast all have roughly equal chances of a cold or warm winter, as conflicting weather models are circulating.
Of course, these are only predictions, so we’ll all have to wait until winter officially starts in December to be certain.