Winter weather outlook released

Winter oulook

POSTED: 6:36 PM Nov 21 2013
winter outlook
CRAVEN COUTNY -

With Eastern North Carolina already seeing its first snow fall, one might think winter is already here.

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their 2013-2014 winter outlook.

 Forecasters think temperatures will be above normal in the southwestern part of the country, but for the rest of us, an equal chance for above or below normal temperatures.

If you look at the precipitation map, conditions look to be wetter than normal for the northwest, while a possible drought forming in the southeast. Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters disagree and believes Eastern North Carolina will be colder and wetter than normal.

 “I think we are going to have a blocking pattern so that we will be colder than normal followed by warm temperatures on fluctuating bases through December, then we get cold and wet at the end of January” said Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters.  

 If you are a snow lover, this is the type of pattern you want to see. Eventually there will be cold air in place. It's just a game as to whether the two can fall in line at the same time.