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Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:51 PM

A tale of two winters

The major snowfall last week may have been just the opening salvo in another frigid winter in the US Northeast. Here in CT, the high on Thanksgiving is forecast to be in the low 20's, over 35 degrees F colder than the historic average for this date. On the other hand, the West, and in particular the Northwest corner of the country will be warmer than average to much warmer.

Winter Temperature Outlook: Why This November Cold Snap Increases Odds of a Cold Winter in the East

Prolonged November cold and early snowfall are helping to raise the odds of a persistently cold winter in the East, according to the latest outlook from The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

The United States has had its most expansive November snow cover in almost three years due to a plunge of the jet stream centered over the central U.S.

This persistent upper-level trough has led to above-average snowfall not only where snow is expected along the northern tier of the country, but also throughout much of the Plains.

The colder air and increased snow cover may set the stage for frigid weather to take over a good section of the country this winter.

The overall trend calls for a colder-than-average winter in the eastern half of the country while the West remains warm, according to The Weather Company's latest winter outlook.


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