Winter, with its snow and cold temps, is just around the corner.
But New England can expect a milder season than normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Warmer-than-average temperatures are predicted for much of the U.S, the federal agency reports in its 2019-2020 Winter Outlook released Thursday by the Climate Prediction Center.
Overall, no part of the country is forecast to have a high likelihood of below-average temperatures between December and February.
“Although below-average temperatures are not favored, cold weather is anticipated and some areas could still experience a colder-than-average winter,” the agency wrote in the outlook. “Wetter-than-average weather is most likely across the Northern Tier of the U.S. during winter, which extends from December through February.”
New England faces equal chances of seeing below-, near-, or above-average precipitation this winter, according to the agency.
The outlook doesn’t include a projection of snowfall accumulations, since snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance, according to NOAA.
And just because New England is predicted to see warmer-than-average temperatures doesn’t mean we won’t see the white stuff or potentially frigid temperatures.
“This doesn’t mean you needn’t pull out your winter gear,” forecasters with the National Weather Service in Boston wrote. “We’ll have plenty of cold and snow, but may be warmer than normal on [average], Dec-Feb.”
The @NWSCPC has issued their Winter Outlook calling for a decent probability of warmer than average temps in southern New England. Remember, this doesn’t mean you needn’t pull out your winter gear. We’ll have plenty of cold and snow, but may be warmer than normal on avg, Dec-Feb. pic.twitter.com/sL6ORe1D1K
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) October 17, 2019
NOAA will provide an update to the winter forecast in November.