Center Deputy Director Mike Halpert said in a statement a "weak El Nino" could bring "warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North".
The Climate Prediction Center (a division of NOAA) has released their early outlook for the winter 2018-2019 season.
Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, USA meteorologists said. States from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains and into the Northeast are likely to have above-average temperatures, the NOAA reported.
No region in the country is expected to see below average temps this winter season.
Winter weather expert Judah Cohen, of the private company Atmospheric and Environmental Research, uses different indicators to predict winter for the National Science Foundation.
The prospect of stormy conditions in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic means it has the greatest chance of having colder-than-normal conditions of anywhere in the country, Halpert said.
No part of the United States is expected to have below-average temperatures, according to the outlook.
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California is likely to see hotter-than-average winter temperatures, while parts of Southern California could also get greater precipitation, according to NOAA. "There's a 70-to-75 percent chance El Nino will develop in the next few months".
Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.
- Warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated across much of the northern and western US, with the greatest likelihood in Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.
Above-average rainfall is most likely northern Florida and southern Georgia this winter.
Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains.
-This outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations.
Farmer's Almanac Editor Peter Geiger said in late August his publication predicts "a very long, cold and snow-filled winter".
Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group, which specializes in long-range prediction, agreed with the broad strokes of NOAA's outlook but said its temperature forecast was "conservative" in the East and that he would lean toward colder conditions.