NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a warmer and drier winter while the northern half of the country is more likely to see a cooler, wetter and snowier winter.
So, for the meteorological winter which is December through February, the Climate Prediction Center predicts a chance of warmer-than-normal winter from about St. Louis and south.
In the rest of the USA, wetter-than-average conditions are favored from the northern Rockies to the eastern Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley.
Wetter-than-average conditions are predicted across most of the northern part of the United States with drier-than-normal conditions across the entire southern United States.
The temperature prediction outlook for this winter indicates below-average temperatures along the Northern Tier of the country from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest and into southeastern Alaska.
Much of the US should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years, forecasters said.
NOAA's winter outlook does not predict snowfall accumulations because "snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance, because they depend upon the strength and track of winter storms".
NOAA's winter outlook doesn't forecast snow or specific storms, but La Ninas tend to favor more storms coming from the west and north than from the Gulf of Mexico or the East Coast, he said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday it expects a warmer and drier winter for Southern California.
"Areas in the I-95 corridor will average close to normal, within a few inches", AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
"I think this year is going to bring a good ski season in the Northeast", Pastelok said. While La Nina is likely to be weak and short-lived, it does still have significant impacts on the weather here in the U.S. Equal chances for warmer or cooler than normal in northern Missouri and central to northern IL.