Temperatures are changing, and they are changing quick. Those warm, sunny, long days seem more and more distant and that crisp fall air is here. So pack away your shorts and bring out your flannels and boots, because, as quoted in Game of Thrones, Winter is Coming!
But, what should we expect this year? Colorado is known for snowing one day and melting away under the blazing sun the next. And, as Global Warming becomes ever more prominent, cold, snowy Rocky Mountain winters seem to be less and less. The Farmers Almanac predicts Colorado to have "cold, moderate snowfall - not as harsh as usual."
The Weather Channel predicts La Nina having a big effect on the United Sates this fall and winter. However, Colorado seems to be pretty much in the clear from harsh conditions. In the next coming months, warmer than average temperatures are expected. In December, temperatures are expected to be colder than average, but not for long.
What does Colorado weather look like in the months to come?
October: Above Average
November: Above Average
December: Above Average
Learn more on the Weather Channel, Fall, Early Winter Temperature Outlook: Warmer Than Average For Most of U.S, Then Trending Colder in EastBy Chris Dolce
September 22 2017 05:45 AM EDT
At a Glance
Temperatures overall for the next three months, October through December, are forecast to be above average from the southwestern U.S. to the southern Plains. The East and Pacific Northwest could see temperatures tilt toward slightly below average, particularly in November and December.
NOAA said La Niña conditions are becoming more likely later in the fall and into the winter, and that could influence the weather conditions in the months ahead.
"We have increased forecast temperatures for October and November across the major heating demand centers of the northern U.S. as the La Niña base state continues to emerge heading into the fall season," said Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company.
December could be colder than average for parts of the northern and eastern states, but it might not stick around deeper into the winter months, given the expected La Niña influence.
"As is typical in La Niña base state winters, we expect the greatest risk of cold early in the winter in the eastern U.S. with the cold retreating toward the Pacific Northwest as the winter progresses," Crawford says.
OctoberA broad swath of the country – from the Midwest and northern Plains into the Southwest – is expected to have above-average temperatures overall in October, continuing a trend that has been in place much of September.
Temperatures could be near or just above or below average in the eastern states.
NovemberThe nation's midsection is where above-average warmth is forecast to dominate during November.
In the Northeast, temperatures may begin to push toward below-average overall, a trend that is expected to continue into the start of winter.
Portions of the West Coast may also see temperatures nudge toward colder-than-average levels.
DecemberFor the start of winter in December, the core of warmer-than-average temperatures will be squashed into the Southwest and southern High Plains.
Much of the eastern and northern U.S. may experience temperatures near or slightly below average. As mentioned earlier, the risk for colder-than-average temperatures in the eastern states is expected to come earlier in the winter.
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