Warm and wet. That's the forecast for winter in the Philadelphia area, according to NOAA's JUST released winter forecast.

NOAA just released its winter forecast for the winter of 2019-2020 on Thursday (October 17). The winter of 2019-2020 (December through February) will be pretty volatile, but there is some good news.

Here’s what NOAA is forecasting for the Philadelphia suburbs:

  • TEMPERATURES: Warmer than average.
  • PRECIPITATION: Above average.
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So what does that boil down to?

Well, they say that there’s more than a 33% chance that we’ll have a warmer than usual winter in our area. They’re also predicting about a 33% chance that we’ll see above-average temperatures.

So the big question remains: will the precipitation arrive during the colder periods?

If it doesn’t, we won’t see too much snow this winter. If the precipitation arrives during warmer periods, it’s likely to be rain, of course.

The good news is that it means any snow that does fall should melt quickly, right?

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In fact, above-average temperatures are predicted for a majority of the country, as you can see. No part of the country is favored to be colder than average, NOAA says.

By the way, any drought conditions that are persisting in our area are expected to end by the end of January. That's another piece of good news.

While it’s not based in the same science that NOAA’s forecasting is, we should remind you that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting extreme temperature swings this winter (from warm to cold) and above-average snowfall.