It'll be a wetter than normal winter in central New York but it'll be warmer. That's the forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

"Wetter-than-average weather is likely across the Northern Tier during winter, which extends from December through February," said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Snow in central New York is inevitable every winter. But this winter, it looks like we may see more than normal. "Wetter-than-average conditions are most likely in portions of the Great Lakes, the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Northern Plains and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast."

Photo Credit - National Weather Service

The good news is, we may not have those bone chilling temperatures. "The western Great Lakes, Northern Plains, and the Upper Mississippi Valley, have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures."

From the looks of the map, we're right in the 'warmer than normal' portion. Yay.

Photo Credit - National Weather Service

The NOAA prediction matches Accuweather and Farmer's Almanac, that both say we'll see more snow this winter. "Whether or not it’s snowstorms, ice storms or mixed events, I do feel this is going to be an active year for the Northeast," says AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelo.

The Farmer's Almanac predicts a "memorable storm producing hefty snows during the third week of January" and a slow start to Spring. "Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on for a ride that you may not be able to get off until April." Although it also say it'll be colder than normal, contradicting NOAA.

So basically it's going to snow and be cold this winter in central New York. Go figure!

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