National Weather Service releases winter temperature, precipitation predictions

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HARTFORD–The National Weather Service has released its predictions for the upcoming winter, and the results are a mixed bag.

On the one hand, they are predicted a warmer than normal winter. In fact, temperatures in the state are expected to bee 33-40 percent higher than average.

Meanwhile, it’s also expected to be a wetter winter. The NWS predicted that most of the state will see 33 percent more precipitation than on average, and in the southeast corner that number jumps to 40 percent. While that means it is predicted to be wetter, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll get snow. The wetness could come from rain or snow.

These are just predictions. The NWS said it reached these forecasts based on global weather patterns. Contributing factors include¬†the strong El Nino–it is one of the strongest on record–as well as the arctic oscillation, which influences the number of arctic air masses that reach down into the South.