The National Weather Service revealed its much-anticipated winter outlook on Thursday. The bottom line? It will be warmer.
In the Western U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says we can expect slightly above average temperatures compared to last year. Additionally, drought conditions are expected to return to portions of Idaho and Montana as well as sections of Eastern Oregon and Washington.
California will be particularly hard hit with drought conditions persisting or intensifying in large parts of the state. 2013 was the driest year on record in California. And 2014 is shaping up to be that state's warmest year in recorded history.
According to the NOAA, "the temperature outlook favors warmer-than-average temperatures in the Western U.S., extending 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."