Colder-than-usual weather is likely in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions this winter, with January looking particularly cold, according to an Oct. 4 outlook from AccuWeather.com.
The southern Plains, Southwest and California can expect to experience a milder and drier winter than last year, the forecasters added.
With the expectations for cold weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, these regions are likely to see above-average snowfall this winter.
"Areas in the I-95 corridor will average close to normal, within a few inches," AccuWeather lead long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok said. "Areas away from the I-95 corridor have a better chance at a big snowfall."
New York City and Boston may prove to be the exceptions to the rule, with early forecasts calling for six inches of snowfall or more above normal in both cities.
Temperatures in the southeastern states of Florida and Georgia are projected to run above normal this winter.
Meantime, frigid conditions are seen for the northern Plains with temperatures dropping to below zero at times this winter. Nonetheless, the region is expected to see much less snow and drier conditions overall than last year.
Temperatures in the southern Plains will oscillate this season, with the middle of the winter likely to see the coldest of air.
With a weak La Niña predicted to develop this winter, the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies are expected to see ample precipitation, the forecasters said.
La Niña is the counterpart to El Niño and is characterized by lower-than-normal sea surface temperatures across the equatorial eastern and central Pacific Ocean.
A La Niña event often brings more supportive fundamentals for U.S. natural gas and electricity markets, including a higher probability of colder winters in northern regions, hotter summers and increased tropical activity in the Atlantic Basin.