Winter Forecast by Region

Crystal Rose-Lee

These forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) call for a return to near normal temperatures and precipitation after a series of previous record warm winters.

Forecast by region:

A colder winter is in the forecast, with average temperatures four degrees Fahrenheit colder than the previous three winters. In short, lots of snow is in the future for areas along the crest of the Appalachians from New England to the Carolinas and points east, including D.C., Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Nebraska):
These areas can expect a normal winter. Cold air spells will potentially lead to more days below zero and heavier lake-effect snow in the western portions of Pennsylvania and New York, northern Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota. Minneapolis is expected to have average temperatures six degrees below the last three winters, while Chicago could see average temperatures five degrees lower.

Warmer temperatures than normal, but still cooler than the last three years, are likely. All Gulf Coast states, with the exception of Florida, are expected to receive more precipitation than usual.

West and Southwest:
These areas will probably experience warmer-than-normal temperatures, although the average winter temperatures could be anywhere from zero to three degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the previous three winters.

Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington):
Near normal precipitation for the winter season as a whole, except for a few more heavy rain events, is in the outlook for the Pacific Northwest. Seattle could see average temperatures one degree Fahrenheit below the averages of the last three winters.

Alaska is returning to virtual normality this winter with near normal temperatures and precipitation.