NOAA releases Minnesota winter forecast, it’s going to be cold

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There is almost ALWAYS good news to be had, you just have to search hard enough to find it. The good news about NOAA’s winter forecast for Minnesota is that you can probably unplug that freezer in your basement and save some electricity, because your patio most likely will this winter. NOAA’s prediction? Bundle up in Minnesota.

The forecast for winter was released today by the Climate Prediction Center, an offshoot of the National Weather Service, and it calls for a third straight year of La Nina, which often means a wetter winter for some, but for other states like Minnesota, it will more than likely mean below average temperatures starting in December.

From December 2022 to February 2023, NOAA predicts drier than average conditions in the south with wetter than average conditions for the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, northern Rockies and northern regions. -western Pacific.

Image Credit: NOAA/NWS

Image Credit: NOAA/NWS

As for temperatures expected in our next woods, NOAA’s forecast states that “below normal temperatures are favored from the Pacific Northwest eastward to west of the Great Lakes and eastern Alaskan Panhandle”.

If you’re a fan of snow, it looks like it’s going to be an average year according to the proposed forecast with Minnesota falling into the white zone, which basically indicates that it will be pretty much where it normally is (but not like Halloween 1991).

Image Credit: NOAA/NWS

Image Credit: NOAA/NWS

It should be noted that the precipitation pattern comes with a slight caveat…

NOAA’s seasonal forecasts provide the likelihood that temperatures and total precipitation amounts will be above, near, or below average, and how drought conditions are expected to change in the coming months. The outlook does not call for seasonal snow accumulations, as snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance.

In other words, it could be a snowy and very cold winter. Here’s how to use that patio as a freezer and use the patio as a temporary fridge for parties!

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