Raise your hand if you'd like a warmer, milder winter. Last winter, the area experienced a mild and somewhat out of the ordinary winter. The same could be on tap for this coming winter.

October was somewhat unusual. The state experienced a 90 degree day and had snow flurries in the same month. According to the National Weather Service, October was 4 degrees warmer than average and less rain than average.

The NWS Prediction center is calling for a higher than average temperature forecast for North Dakota through March. The cause is El Nino. Because of El Nino, many of the Arctic outbreaks will avoid the state, meaning a milder, warmer winter.

Strangely enough, the start of the week for folks from Washington to northern California, Montana and Colorado could run into accumulating snow with a slow and slippery drive with the new storm. Snow is likely to reach the metro areas of Salt Lake City and Denver and could make roads slushy. The possibility of an inch to two inches are possible for that area.

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