Estimates predicting warmer winter this year

NOAA Winter Outlook 2017-2018

"Typical La Nina patterns during winter include above average precipitation and colder than average temperatures along the Northern Tier of the USA and below normal precipitation and drier conditions across the South".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday it expects a warmer and drier winter for Southern California.

La Nina has a 55- to 65-percent chance of developing before winter sets in, NOAA forecasters indicate.

There's no exact forecast for how much snow and rain the city could get during a winter with La Nina, but Chicago tends to get the most precipitation in January.

La Nina is an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon (the counterpart of El Nino) that involves a cooling of Eastern Central Pacific Ocean waters. The 2015-2016 winter was record warm, about 4.55 degrees hotter than normal.

The big driver in the forecast is a La Nina weather event that is likely to develop next month.

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Northwest Alaska may be wetter than usual, while Hawaii has about 40% odds of being drier than usual.

The rest of the country falls into the "equal chance" category, which means there is an equal chance for above-, near-, or below-normal temperatures because there is not a strong enough climate signal in these areas to shift the odds.

Halpert said the southern likely to be drier than normal, while the north from eastern Washington through the Great Lakes to update NY is likely to be wetter.

The temperature outlook for winter is trending on the warm side for the south.

The outlook covers winter precipitation and temperatures.

More snow than normal is expected for Chicago this winter. The next update will be issued on November 16, 2017. Jones said northern areas of the state might just be immune from La NiƱa, spelling good news for ski areas and skiers themselves.

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