Warmer, drier winter expected for much of United States, says NOAA

Firefighters perform structure protection against the Glass Fire in Napa County California on Thursday

Firefighters perform structure protection against the Glass Fire in Napa County California on Thursday

Will this winter be any different?

NOAA released its seasonal outlook for winter 2020 on Thursday, which considers the winter season from December through February.

"The greatest chances for warmer-than-normal conditions extend across the Southern tier of the US from the Southwest, across the Gulf states and into the Southeast", according to NOAA.

Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted the northern Pacific Northwest will have "below-normal temperatures" and the region will have "wetter-than-average" conditions. For us, we will likely see a normal amount of rainfall. In terms of whether precipitation will be higher or lower than normal, it's a toss-up.

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The La Niña ocean-atmosphere phenomenon is forecast to continue, which forecasters say will bring a drier and warmer-than-normal winter from California to the Carolinas.

PHOTO: The temperature outlook for this winter December, January and February.

Overall, AccuWeather predicts the New Jersey region will likely get far more snow than a year ago, but total accumulations will be 25% to 50% less than we normally get. "More modest probabilities for warmer temperatures are forecast in the southern parts of the west coast, and from the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast".

The only winter seasons that had less snow than the 2019-2020 season were 1972-1973, with an average of 4.0 inches, and 1918-1919, with an average of 4.3 inches.

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