Most Of The US Is Expected To Have A Warmer Winter This Year

Forecasters say it's due to the developing El Nino.
Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 18:19:08-04

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave its "winter outlook" Thursday. It basically said your winter wardrobes will likely stay packed up longer than usual. 

The administration predicts a mild winter for most areas of the U.S. The outlook says no region is favored to see below average temperatures and every part of the U.S. but the Southeast is projected to see above average temperatures. 

Forecasters credit the predicted warmth to the developing El Nino, when the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean has surface water that's warmer than usual.

The winter outlook only covers December through February, and forecasters warn it doesn't mean there won't be any major snow storms around the corner.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.