The seasonal outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says temperatures will be above average, meaning a mild winter is in store.
For the rest of the country this winter, no place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the governments Climate Prediction Center.
"That does not mean that below average temperatures can not occur", Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in a statement. "Although a weak El Nino is expected, it may still influence the winter season by bringing wetter conditions across the southern United States, and warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North".
It is also predicting lots of snow "for the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England, with the majority of it falling in January and February".
In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, higher-than-normal temperatures are expected across the western and northern U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.
The Climate Prediction Center's outlook seems to at least indirectly contradict the one released by the 2019 Farmers' Almanac, an annual Lewiston-based publication which uses a mathematical and astronomical formula created in 1818 to come up with long-range forecasts.
The Southeast, on the other hand, has equal chances of experiencing above-average, normal, or below-average temperatures.
"Up in ME the forecast is actually what we call "equal chances", which means there's no tilt in those odds, so it's just as likely to be a wetter-than-normal winter as a drier-than-normal winter", says Halpert.
"No part of the U.S.is favored to have below-average temperatures", Halpert said. Northern Florida and southern Georgia have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation this winter. Meteorologists predict theres a 75 percent chance itll be around this winter.
Drought conditions are forecast to stay put this winter in the Southwest, Southern California, central Great Basin, central Rockies, Northern Plains and portions of the interior Pacific Northwest. "The maps show only the most likely category with higher probability indicating greater confidence".
For those looking for snowfall projections, you won't find those in NOAA's winter outlook.
Last winter ranked among the warmest third in historical records, 1.8 degrees above normal averaged over the nation. NOAA'S next update will be available on November 15th.