A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA
Expect it to be a little warmer than usual this year, and a normal amount of snow, forecasters say.
There’s no avoiding it anymore. We had literal frost this morning. Winter is, to paraphrase a certain TV show, on its way. But in case you need some talking down, a new forecast from NOAA says that at the very least, it won’t be a nightmare this year.
The seasonal outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says temperatures will be above average, meaning a mild winter is in store. Also, the science says snowfall should be about normal. Nothing special. Just how we like it.
Of course, that’s just a prediction, and a rough one at that. NOAA can’t say how much snow we’ll get, or how low the temperatures might dip in a cold snap (remember how ridiculously [and beautifully] cold it got last winter?)
In November we favor above-normal temperatures for nearly the entire US. Odds increase for above-normal precipitation across the southern US and East Coast, while chances rise for below-normal precipitation for the Pacific Northwest through Northern Plains https://t.co/ZojpnSnk1D pic.twitter.com/ky1gRMNCzr
— NWSCPC (@NWSCPC) October 18, 2018
“NOAA’s seasonal outlooks give the likelihood that temperatures and precipitation will be above-, near- or below-average, and how drought conditions are expected to change, but the outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations,” reads a disclaimer from the forecasters. “Snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance. Even during a warmer-than-average winter, periods of cold temperatures and snowfall are still likely to occur.”
Keep your eyes peeled for the next NOAA update on Nov. 15.