The western half of the continental U.S. and central and northern Alaska could be in for a warmer-than-average winter, while most of Florida might be colder-than-normal December through February, according to NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) annual Winter Outlook.
Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say a wavering El Niño, expected to have developed by now, makes this year’s winter outlook less certain than previous years.
As for precipitation, drier-than-average conditions in the upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and northern Missouri and eastern parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and western Illinois. Expect wetter-than-average conditions across the Gulf Coast states from the northern half of Florida to eastern Texas.
Meanwhile, near-normal temperatures are forecast across much of Illinois this winter season.
More on the NOAA Winter Outlook