NOAA’s Official Outlook for January in the USA:

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
January precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA
January precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

NOAA has released their predictions for the month of January and it is looking good for the west and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

If this forecast holds, we are looking at relatively normal or slightly below average temperatures and average or slightly above average snowfall. It looks like the above average temperatures wont affect too many ski resorts, so that’s a good sign.

According to what we see here, you’ll want to be in the West throughout January.

This Outlook Looks Good For Above Average Snow In:

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Idaho
  • Eastern Washington
  • Eastern Oregon
  • Northeastern Nevada
  • Northern Utah
  • Northwestern Colorado
  • Northern Alaska

This Outlook Looks Calls For Below Average Snow In:

  • Southeastern Colorado
  • Southern California
  • Arizona

Equal Chances for Snow In:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Alaska
  • East Coast

Equal Chances” zone meaning they’re forecast to have average winters, which are damn good.

January temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
January temperature outlook. Image: NOAA

Cold temperatures and above average snowfall for much of the northwest, which makes for an easy decision as to where you spend the month of January.

Look to Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington for significant snowfall and cold temperatures to keep that FRESH POW nice and fluffy.

This Outlook Looks Calls For Below Average Temps In:

  • Eastern Washington
  • Northeastern Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Northern Utah
  • Northwester Colorado
  • Southeastern Alaska

This Outlook Looks Calls For Above Average Temps In:

  • Southern California
  • Arizona
  • Southeastern Colorado
  • Northern East Coast
  • Northern Alaska

Equal Chances For Average Temps In:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Southern East Coast
  • Central Alaska

We like what we are seeing here, not a lot of the United State has a high chance of above average temperatures.

8-14 precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA
8-14 precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

Wow, now this is some eye candy right here. Almost the entire U.S. has a good shot at experiencing above average precipitation throughout the next 8-14 days.

As you may have guessed, look to the west coast for significant snowfall in the near future. It seems as though its been a consistent theme throughout this winter, but we like it.

As we shift gears into 2017, it looks like this new year is going to start out in a way that skiers like with average or above average snowfall and average or below average temperatures. Here’s to faceshots and extended ski seasons in 2017.


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