Is a chilly December ahead for U.P.?

ESCANABA — December — which starts this Friday — may prove to be chillier than normal for the Upper Peninsula this year, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

“(It’s) indicating … below-normal temperatures for the U.P.,” Dave Petrovich, a forecaster for the NWS’ Marquette office, said.

This prediction came from the NWS’ regional outlook for Dec. 9-22, which was created on Nov. 24. Petrovich said the outlook also states there are equal chances that precipitation levels across the U.P. will be above normal, below normal, or normal during this time period.

Looking ahead, Petrovich said that greater-than-average precipitation levels may be seen in the U.P. from December through February.

“The indicators are for above-normal precipitation amounts,” he said.

Additionally, there are equal chances that average temperatures will be above-normal, below-normal, or normal during these months for almost the entire region.

“There’s slight chances of below-normal temperatures pushing into the far-western U.P.,” Petrovich said. He noted that this could potentially have an effect on western Gogebic County, which is the westernmost county in the peninsula.

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