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Published October 19, 2012, 04:35 PM

Winter weather predictions for the upcoming season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This season's new weather predictions are in and say we can look forward to a warmer, drier winter than average.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This season's new weather predictions are in and say we can look forward to a warmer, drier winter than average.

The National Weather Service says North Dakota and Minnesota have a good chance of seeing higher temperatures and lower precipitation, but did not specify how warm or how much.

Average annual snowfall for the region is about 50 inches. Compare that to last year's 27 inches, the least amount of snow in 25 years, and the warmest winter on record.

The predictions are based on a wavering El Nino pattern, making the outlook less certain.

WDAY StormTRACKER Meteorologist, Rob Kupec, says, "last year's prediction was for it to be colder and wetter than average and that was a complete bust. So, usually in an El Nino setup, about 75 to 80 percent of the time, it is just that, but then there's 20 percent of the time that it's not."

Kupec says after a dry summer and fall, and with a predicted drier winter, it looks promising to get through the upcoming spring without a flood.

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