Most of the US should get ready for a warm winter

Snow falls on Nicollet Island during a snow storm on December 23, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mid-forties temperatures this morning are giving way to high speed wind, low temperatures, and heavy snowfall, as blizzard warnings blanket the state. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Snow falls on Nicollet Island during a snow storm on December 23, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mid-forties temperatures this morning are giving way to high speed wind, low temperatures, and heavy snowfall, as blizzard warnings blanket the state. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Photo credit Getty Images

For most of the country, this winter is expected to be warmer than usual, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration winter outlook released this week.

Climate conditions predicted in the outlook extend from December of this year to February of next year.

Across the South and most of the eastern U.S., winter weather is expected to be warmer than usual, with the warmest temperatures predicted in the Southeast. However, Minnesota and states in the upper Mississippi valley have equal chances of having a colder, average or warmer winter season.
Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are expected to have a colder winter than usual.

“La Nina climate conditions have emerged for the second winter in a row,” according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and these predicted conditions are consistent with that weather pattern. La Nina refers is a periodic cooling of ocean surface temperatures in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific that typically happens every three t