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Early morning sun lights up the red and yellow maple leaves along the Green Pond Trail above Huntsville on Wednesday morning, Sept. 20, 2017.

OGDEN — If meteorologists’ predictions are correct, Northern Utah is likely to see higher temperatures and more precipitation than average from October through December.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City released its climate prediction Friday for the three-month period. Odds are it will be a little less chilly with more rain and snow than average — a trend that follows what the area has seen over the past few years, meteorologist Eric Schoening said.

“The past several years, we’ve had some pretty warm falls, especially around Halloween compared to what we were used to 10 to 20 years ago,” he said.

On average, Ogden’s average precipitation is about 6 inches of water in October, November and December, Schoening said. Average high temperatures in the city for those months are:

  • 65 degrees in October
  • 50 degrees in November
  • Upper-30s in December

The NWS climate prediction means that in general, the valley is expected to see more rain and less snow than normal. However, Schoening emphasized that varies greatly from storm to storm. Each one has a mind of its own.

However, he had some good news for skiers. 

If NWS predictions are correct, this fall’s weather will lead to a nice start on the winter snowpack, Schoening said. 

“Last year was a good snow year for the mountains, the first one in a while. So, above average precipitation would compare favorably to that.”

Ann Elise Taylor can be reached by email at aetaylor@standard.net, by phone at 801-625-4213 and on Twitter at @annelise_taylor.

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