Forecasters' winter weather outlook predicts drier, warmer South and wetter, cooler North

Forecasters' winter weather outlook predicts drier, warmer South and wetter, cooler North

10/23/2021 5:45:00 PM

Forecasters' winter weather outlook predicts drier, warmer South and wetter, cooler North

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) released its winter weather outlook on Thursday, predicting a drier and warmer season for the South and a wetter winter for the northern U.S.

Below-average temperatures are favored for southeast Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and eastward to the northern Plains. Some areas, like the Upper Mississippi Valley and small areas of the Great Lakes, have equal chances for either below-, near- or above-average temperatures.

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All of this comes asdroughtcontinues to impact the western U.S., the northern Plains and the Missouri River Basin.The NOAA 2021 Winter Outlook said that drought conditions are forecast to persist and develop in the Southwest and southern Plains, while the Pacific Northwest, northern California, the upper

and Hawaii are"most likely to experience drought improvement."(Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)NOAA noted that its outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations because"snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance."

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis outlook extends from December 2021 through February 2022 and the next update on the three-month outlook will be available on November 19. "Using the most up-to-date observing technologies and computer models, our dedicated forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center produce timely and accurate seasonal outlooks to help communities prepare for the months ahead," Michael Farrar, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find her on Twitter at @JuliaElenaMusto.Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox

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Forecasters predict warmer winter for two-thirds of USExpect a drier, warmer winter down south and a wetter winter up north, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. The National Weather Service predicted two-thirds of the U.S. will see above average temperatures from December through February, while the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska will likely get colder than usual. The Midwest, Northwestern states and Hawaii should expect above normal precipitation while the South will have less. Yahoo Warmer winter is always welcome.