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Forecasters: Drought more likely than blizzards this winter

This U.S. Winter Outlook 2020-2021 map for temperature shows above-average temperatures are likely in the South and below-average temperatures likely in parts of the North. (NOAA Climate.gov, using NWS CPC data) Photo: Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This U.S. Winter Outlook 2020-2021 map for temperature shows above-average temperatures are likely in the South and below-average temperatures likely in parts of the North. (NOAA Climate.gov, using NWS CPC data)

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Created: October 15, 2020 02:22 PM

(AP) - U.S. weather officials are predicting a mostly warmer than normal winter, but they are also worried about a worsening drought.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter outlook Thursday. It predicts that two-thirds of the nation will have a toasty winter. The northernmost parts of the nation will likely be an exception to that.

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Forecasters see a dry winter for all of the south from coast-to-coast. That could worsen an already bad drought. However, they say it should be a wet winter from Oregon and Washington to Michigan, dipping down to the Ohio Valley.

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