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Winter outlook: what to expect over the next few months

Winter outlook: what to expect over the next few months

(THE MED CITY) - The 2013-14 winter was one of the coldest in recorded history.

Remember all the excitement about a polar vortex?

As for this winter? There's no telling whether it will be colder or warmer than normal. With an average winter temperature of about 18.5 degrees, Rochester is already one of the coldest cities of its size in the U.S.

So it's going to be cold. But forecasters say it's unlikely temperatures will be as extreme as last year. 

My gut tells me the second half of winter may be milder than the first half when compared to average. My gut also tells me we won’t have a repeat of the coldest winter in 35 years. My gut also tells me that if there is a surprise, this winter may end up milder than many have forecast.
— Paul Huttner, MPR Chief Meteorologist

What about snow? Formulas used by AccuWeather and the Old Farmer's Almanac call for lower-than-average precipitation totals.

 

(Cover photo: File / Chris Dodds / Creative Commons)

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