"A repeat of last winter is not particularly likely," said Mike Halpert, acting director of the [Climate Prediction Center], which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in College Park, Md.
That doesn't mean there won't be cold air and snow, which is normal for much of the country during winter, Halpert said. It just won't persist as much as it did last year, when extreme weather seemed to be stuck in place, he said.
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