More snow than usual predicted for Northland

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Travis Gerard of Duluth snowblows his driveway after a three-day snowstorm in 2013. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, NOAA predicted more snow for the northern part of the U.S. this winter. (News Tribune / file)

Get those snowblowers and snow shovels ready.

Northern states including Minnesota and Wisconsin can expect a wetter-than-average winter, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.

NOAA predicts the greatest likelihood for wetter-than-average conditions in much of the northern continental U.S., along with Alaska and Hawaii. The prediction is for the months of December, January and February. NOAA released the three-month seasonal outlook Thursday that will be updated each month.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts wetter-than-average weather is most likely across the Northern Tier of the U.S. this winter. (NOAA)


In terms of temperature, Minnesota and Wisconsin have an equal chance of being below, above or near average. Most of the U.S. is expected to have above average-winter temperatures, with no areas predicted to fall below average.

The El Nino and La Nina weather patterns will not be active this winter. Instead, NOAA predicts other weather patterns such as Arctic Oscillation will likely influence winter weather patterns and could cause large swings in temperature and precipitation.

NOAA does not project snowfall accumulations.

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