Warmer, drier winter expected for much of US, says NOAA

But colder-than-normal weather is expected from Washington state to Minnesota.

October 15, 2020, 4:24 PM

Meteorologists are expecting warmer and drier weather this winter for much of the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday in its 2020 winter outlook.

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

However, this also means the drought will continue to worsen from California to the Great Plains.

PHOTO: The temperature outlook for this winter December, January and February.
The temperature outlook for this winter December, January and February.
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On the East Coast, most of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will see a milder-than-normal winter. But rain and snow amounts are expected to be near normal.

Florida's winter is also expected to be drier and warmer.

Toward the West, colder-than-normal weather is expected from Minnesota to Washington state. The Northern Rocky Mountains will see more snow than usual, and the Great Lakes will see more lake-effect snow.

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