NOAA Climate Prediction Center releases their National Winter 2017-2018 Outlook


The Climate Prediction Center has released it's winter outlook for the United States.

The local National Weather Service offices release there's a little later on a smaller scale, but here is where the season is set at this moment.


Wetter than normal conditions are expected across the northern United States.

Drier than normal conditions are expected across the southern United States.

There has been a large improvement in the drought through the Pacific coast and major drought is not expected to be a major impact leading in to the winter.

Drought will likely continue to improve through the west, while drought may develop in the southern United States.


Temperature forecasts are favoring warmer than normal conditions for the southern 2/3rds of the United States.

Below normal temperatures are favored through the northern tier of the country with areas in-between likely to remain near seasonal norms.


Our local National Weather Service offices will release their winter outlooks specific for our area.

These outlooks will focus more on our snow forecast potential, lake effect potential, localized temperature, etc.

This national outlook will be updated November 16th as the season approaches.

Climate prediction is extremely difficult, and this season hinges a bit on if we see a strong or weak La Nina.

Updates will come from the StormReady Weather Team when more localized outlooks are released and how they may affect the Mid-Michigan region.

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