Carolinas Should Expect a Wetter Winter, Near Average Temps: NOAA

 

GREENSBORO, NC -- That fall chill is arriving right on schedule, but what will winter bring? NOAA released it's winter outlook on Thursday, and it says the Carolinas should expect more wet weather than usual. How much snow? That's a tougher question.

Overall, a mild winter is expected across the United States according to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. However, here in the Southeast and the Carolinas, it's likely that our temperatures will hover near average.

El Nino winters typically bring more storms than usual to the Southeast and the Carolinas, due to a more active jet stream in our part of the country. This can often mean more snow than usual, but not always.

"You really need the cold air and the storms to sync up," says WFMY Chief Meteorologist Tim Buckley. "If you don't have both, you don't get the big snows."

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