NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a warmer and drier winter while the northern half of the country is more likely to see a cooler, wetter and snowier winter.
La Niña is the biggest influencer in its forecast, and it's also the biggest wildcard, as there's currently a 55 to 65 percent chance it actually develops.
If a La Niña forms, it's expected to be a weak, short-lived event, but it will still be enough to at least influence the way this winter shapes up.
This forecast for a mild winter across more than half the country doesn't mean the snow will stay away completely, however.
Last winter was one of the warmest on record, and there were still a number of significant snowstorms.
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