Latest forecast predicts warmer winter in Minnesota, Wisconsin
After one of the snowiest winters on record last year, Minnesotans can be particularly happy with the latest forecast for this upcoming winter.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts warmer than average temperatures this winter in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
NOAA says El Niño is present heading into winter for the first time in four years, leading to that warmer forecast.
Additionally, the agency says parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin may receive slightly less precipitation this winter, particularly northern Minnesota, from Fargo and Duluth to the Canadian border.
While this will likely be welcomed by many Minnesotans after the Twin Cities received just over 90 inches of snow last winter (ranking third all time) and Duluth set an all-time record with 140 inches of snow, it’s also much of the area has suffered drought this year.
Even slightly below average rainfall could allow drought conditions to persist into next spring. On average, the Twin Cities receive just over 51 inches of snow over the course of the winter.