(Reuters) - Private forecaster Accuweather.com said on Wednesday that heavy snow and extreme cold should be expected in the north central United States, especially in the Chicago area, in the coming winter.
The East Coast faces average to slightly above average snowfall during the winter of 2011-2012 as a Pacific La Nina again drives weather patterns across the United States.
"People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter," Accuweather Long-Range Meteorologist Josh Nagelberg said in a statement.
Accuweather's forecast projects Chicago will again be hit by extreme cold weather and several blizzards, as it endured last winter when more than 50 inches fell on the city including a single storm that dropped 20 inches.
Severe cold and heavy snow should expected from the Great Lakes across the Midwest and northern plains states, according to Accuweather.
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No surprise really, they are just predicting typical La Nina winter conditions for most of the US.
Check out the unusually cold SSTs up in the GOA:
I'm really curious as to what impact that cold pool will have on our storms this winter and also how the contrasting warm pool to the west will fuel those winter storms - or not. Maybe this unseasonably cold early storm is a sign of things to come and a result of that cold water.