The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS) released the U.S. Winter Outlook for the coming season.

So what's in store for New Jersey?

The Climate Prediction Center says there are 'elevated probabilities' of above average temps in 'parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic' from November 2014 - January 2015.

I'll take that, but unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily include NJ.


As shown on the map, we are in the 'equal chances' section of the country, which means we are just as likely to have above-average temps from December to February as we are to have normal or below average temperatures. Very helpful, NOAA.

Precipation is a different story, as they give us an overall increased chance of precipitation during the same time period. (Snow lovers may rejoice, though if we do get those above-average temps, it will just be slushy, rainy mess!)


As for whether or not we'll have a lot of accumulation, storms, etc., there's just no way to accurately predict snowstorms this far in advance.

For now, based on the local outlook from the NWS office in Mt. Holly, it looks like there is a slightly increased chance for above average temperatures in Monmouth and Ocean Counties through February.

No polar vortex? Works for me!

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