A tale of two forecasts - warm and dry and cold and snowyNEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - The Weather Network's team of meteorologists are calling for two very different winter seasons for the continental US through the end of February. A return to typical winter weather is forecast across northern portions of the country from Washington State to New England, while warm and dry conditions are expected to dominate this winter across the southern US. A more typical winter weather pattern for the Midwest and Great Lakes will mean that major population centers including Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago can expect a colder winter with more snowfall than in recent years. With Great Lakes water temperatures running above normal, expect high-impact lake effect snow events at times this winter, leading to the potential of widespread dangerous driving conditions and whiteouts. While overall the Southern US will have a mild winter with temperatures expected to average at or above normal, arctic air will occasionally descend into the Gulf Coast region leading to the threat of hard freezes from time to time. The worsening drought across parts of the Southeast is unlikely to break and Southern California can expect a continuation of the multi-year drought. "There are two very different weather stories for the nation this winter - a return to typical snowy and cold weather across the northern tier, especially the Midwest and Great Lakes which is ideal for those who love outdoor winter sports and activities, and generally warm and dry conditions across the south," said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist with The Weather Network. "The record strong El Niño of last winter has been replaced by a weak La Niña, and we expect this winter to unfold very differently versus what we saw last year."