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National Weather Service issues winter forecast

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The National Weather Service issued their winter forecast for the upcoming 2012-13 winter season. According to the National Weather Service there is an equal chance for above or below normal temperatures and precipitation in Ohio and Michigan. The Pacific Northwest is expected to be drier than normal this winter while the deep south is expected to see more rainfall than normal. The western half of the country is forecasted to be warmer than average.

Forecasters warn that this year's winter forecast contains a large amount of uncertainty due to the weak El Nino in place. It is very possible that this pattern will continue to weaken or end by the time the winter season is over. Forecasters also say that an average winter would be more severe compared to last year when less than 18" of snow fell in northwest Ohio. That is less than half the yearly snowfall average for the area.

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