Winter 2015-2016 predicted to be mild, less cold with weak lake-effect snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After one of the most brutal and cold winters in recent memory, some national forecasts are predicting a mild winter that could be just what western New Yorkers needed to hear as leaves start to turn.

Although Lake Erie provides western New York with beautiful summer weather and temperatures, it can sting the area as temps turn rain into snow — much as it did during the historic snowstorm in November of 2014. However National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts agreed with a recent AccuWeather report announcing a potentially milder winter in 2015-2016.

NOAA meteorologists forecast there will be less lake-effect snow thanks to a lack of arctic air as winter begins, which may lead to more mild temperatures and less snowfall.

The shift comes in part thanks to a strong El Nino that will influence weather across the nation. The change in pattern made forecasting difficult for meteorologists for late-winter and early-spring forecasts, however.

Regardless of how cold it gets as winter ends, February of 2015 now holds the record of the coldest month in history — a hard feat to repeat.

NOAA experts utilized the predictions to predict lower heating bills in the coming cold season.

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