During that time, an Arctic cold front will move across the USA and produce bitter winds and a drop in the temperature over much of the U.S. States from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains and into the Northeast are likely to have above-average temperatures, the NOAA reported.
Map showing the NOAA winter outlook for the months of December, January and February for the U.S.
El Nino is an ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that is linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.
-The Southeast, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic all have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures.
California is likely to see hotter-than-average winter temperatures, while parts of Southern California could also get greater precipitation, according to NOAA.
"Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the US, and up into the Mid-Atlantic", NOAA said in a statement.
Northern Florida and southern Georgia could see the wettest conditions this winter, according to NOAA, followed by central and Eastern North Carolina, much of South Carolina, Texas and New Mexico, northern Georgia and far southern parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
-Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.
- Warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated across much of the northern and western USA, with the greatest likelihood in Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.
Along with Michigan, Halper said northern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin are expected to be drier than normal, along with parts of Idaho, Hawaii and Montana, too.
For those looking for snowfall projections, you won't find those in NOAA's winter outlook.
NOAA will provide an update to the forecast in November.
Cold air and even some snow blanketed areas of Maine Thursday, but the National Weather Service predictions indicate that Maine might experience a milder-than-average winter.