The latest winter outlook has been released by the National Climate Data Center. Brian Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Valley, says each version refines what we can expect in the next few months. Smith says the computer models are showing a warmer-than-normal trend ahead for the winter months.
While the long-range forecast does show warmer temperatures, Smith says the outlook moves as the milder air goes further south. He says the warmer air was originally expected to be in the Minnesota and Wisconsin areas, then was forecast over South Dakota and Nebraska, but now it’s more likely in the lower Mississippi valley across the Southern Plains.
Smith says the precipitation forecast is still mixed. He says an outlook like that usually means a winter with periods of sharp cold and snow, followed by mild trends.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton