Winter is upon us. Will it be cold and snowy or will there be a mild winter this year in Missouri?flood

That’s not an easy call, even though December is off to a warm start. The current strong El Nino, which is warmer than normal sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific, doesn’t exert a lot of control over Missouri’s winter weather, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

“Missouri tends to be somewhat of a transition state when we look at the impacts that El Nino has across the country during the winter season,” said Pat Guinan, climatologist for the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program.

According to the Climate Prediction Center, there are equal chances for above-, below- and near-normal temperatures and precipitation for much of Missouri.

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