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The National Climate Prediction Center is now pulling back on their earlier prediction of a colder and snowier winter for the Midwest.

The report came Thursday as the NCPC said there is now a 55 percent chance of La Nina conditions moving through the winter months. La Ninas represents the Pacific Ocean temperatures, which is the opposite of El Nino, which is the warming of the ocean. La Ninas is the cooling of the ocean.

However, the NCPC is still predicting a colder and snowier winter for the Midwest, including North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. But when?

The coldest months will be December through February, with a warming or less of winter conditions starting in early January.

In a nut shell, winter is still coming but it will not be as long as we're used to in North Dakota. Not good news if you have a snow-mobile.

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