NOAA Releases 2022-2023 Winter Outlook

As the days get darker and temperatures overall cool off, some may ask if the recent cold snap will have an impact on the upcoming winter. NOAA has an answer to that today, but please bear in mind, this is NOT our forecast. There are many variables to consider in long-range forecasts and some of those are not always predicted.

NOAA’s Temperature Forecast for the upcoming winter.

Overall, slightly above normal temperatures can be expected across our region, with above normal temperatures near the coast, according to NOAA.

Above the the expected precipitation amounts. Looks like they expect a mainly dry winter, which is typical of a La Nina. Warm and dry.

However, there are some pattern signals this week that could be pointing towards a more “neutral” winter rather than a La Nina, so NOAA may be running a bit behind on the data before they made this forecast.

A neutral ENSO would mean a colder and perhaps snowier winter, but cold and dry would also be on the table. For now, this may be some unwelcome news for snow lovers, however remember this is not set in stone, especially not this early.


Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!