"With La Niña well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the USA will experience this year", Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said.
The official Winter season is still more than 60 days away, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their annual Winter outlook for temperature and precipitation. In terms of whether precipitation will be higher or lower than normal, it's a toss-up.
The potential for another warmer-than-average winter is being driven by the presence of La Niña, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon stationed in the Pacific Ocean that alters weather patterns worldwide.
Don't worry cold lovers, we will likely still have some winter cold snaps, but this forecast looks at an average for the months of December, January, and February.
That will likely bring us above-average snowfall in MI.
If that happens, the northern and eastern United States would get fewer blasts of Arctic air, and longer stretches of milder than normal temperatures. "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 precipitation outlook for the winter of 2020-21 is the second image above.