RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A drier, warmer winter is predicted across the southern U.S. due in part to La Nina, NOAA forecasters said Thursday.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued the winter outlook for America that said warmer than normal conditions are predicted for the South. Areas as far west as the central Rockies could see warmer temperatures.
The forecast is for December through February.
La Nina expected to develop in late fall or early winter.
While areas in the northern Rockies, around the Great Lakes, in Hawaii and in western Alaska are expected to be wetter this winter, the southern U.S. will be drier.
“This climate outlook provides the most likely outcome for the upcoming winter season, but it also provides the public with a good reminder that winter is just up ahead and it’s a good time to prepare for typical winter hazards, such as extreme cold and snowstorms,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Other things that can influence winter weather are the number of arctic air masses that make their way into the South, known as Arctic Oscillation
Arctic Oscillation can create nor’easters on the East Coast.