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Cold winter could linger into spring from northern Plains to East Coast

Coldand snow could extend through part of the spring of 2017 in regions from the northernPlains to the East Coast, according to a Sept. 28 forecast from AccuWeather.com.Milder weather conditions should be seen across the southern half of the countryduring the same period.

For theNortheast, the forecasters said frequent storm activity is likely to dump an above-normalamount of snow on the region. This active stormy period could last until the earlyor middle of the spring.

"Ithink the Northeast is going to see more than just a few, maybe several, systemsin the course of the season," said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather long-range forecaster,in the outlook.

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Pastelokadded that snow accumulation may be limited in areas south of New York City, suchas Philadelphia and Baltimore. These areas will experience more systems where thesnow becomes rain and/or sleet.

"Butstill, Boston, Hartford, along the coastal areas up into Connecticut and southernNew England, they can still have a fair amount of snow," Pastelok said.

Whiletemperatures across the region are likely to average three to five degrees Fahrenheitlower than last winter, the Northeast is expected to see a below-normal number ofsubzero days.

Similarly,cold winter weather is likely in store for the northern Plains and the Midwest.Temperatures in these regions will average six to nine degrees lower than last winter.

In thesouthern Plains and Gulf Coast, fall temperatures should linger into the early partof the winter before turning more seasonable. "A turnaround couldcome into late December and January as chillier air masses work down from the north,"Pastelok said.

Winterwill kickoff in high gear in the Pacific Northwest and northern California. "They'regoing to start out pretty wet, especially from northern California into the Northwestcoast," Pastelok said. "I think that, right off the bat in December, westart to see the snow piling up in the mountains."

Novemberand December will be very active before the storm activity in the Northwest andnorthern California subsides during the second half of the winter.

The remainderof California and the Southwest will see above-normal temperatures for much of thewinter.