Remember last winter’s biting temperatures? They were enough to make you think twice about taking that last run at Bridger.

But this winter that may not be as much of an issue.

NOAA has released its winter outlook, and while folks in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States may see below average temperatures, this winter, that’s not expected to be the case here.


The outlook is calling for warmer-than-average temperatures in the Western U.S. Those warmer temps are expected to extend from the West Coast through most of the Intermountain West and across the U.S-Canadian border through New York and New England, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, according to NOAA.

“Last year’s winter was exceptionally cold and snowy across most of the United States, east of the Rockies. A repeat of this extreme pattern is unlikely this year, although the Outlook does favor below-average temperatures in the south-central and southeastern states,” NOAA reports in its winter outlook.

If you want a second opinion, there’s the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

In its long-range winter forecast for the Intermountain region, the Almanac predicts rain will turn to snow starting next week.

The Almanac calls for above normal temperatures this winter with below-normal snowfall. That may be a bit of bad news for you powder hounds. But if you are planning a snow-based excursion in the northern and central Intermountain area, the Almanac says your best bet is in early December.