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Source: AccuWeather

The wait is over. AccuWeather's annual winter forecast for the lower 48 is out. As 2019 comes to a close, AccuWeather's long-range forecast team predicts an active winter season will get underway for the northeastern United States. 

The Southeast, however, is more likely to be targeted by rain than wintry weather. Meanwhile, ample snowfall during winter in California will help stave off drought conditions come springtime.

Will Arctic air surging down from a disturbance in the polar vortex make a return this winter?

Here’s the prediction specifically for the northeast:

Despite a few cold spells across the Northeast during autumn, winter’s chill won’t arrive until at least the end of 2019. 

AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said, “I think you’re going to see a touch of winter come in in December. But I think its full force will hold out until after the new year.”

Once the wintry weather does get underway, an active season will be in store.

“Whether or not it’s snowstorms, ice storms or mixed events, I do feel this is going to be an active year for the Northeast,” he said. 

Above-normal snowfall could be in store for areas from New York City to Boston. 

Meanwhile, cities farther south, including Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, will be more likely to get a mix of rain and snow.

Read AccuWeather’s entire region-by-region report here.