Washington (AP) The winter and the summer of 2019 will be the coldest in nearly 70 years.
Snow in the mountains is expected to fall for the first time in nearly 80 years.
In addition to the extreme winter, a major snowfall will hit the east coast and parts of southern Utah in the spring, bringing the state’s snowpack to the lowest level in decades.
The snowfall is expected, too.
The National Weather Service says the National Park Service is not planning a big storm this winter, although it’s possible to see snow fall in some places and high winds in others.
The weather system that spawned the snowstorm that hit the west coast last winter, known as the La Niña, is still forming.
The snowfall from a big winter storm or a small storm that’s already snowed will be less than 10 percent of the average amount for this time of year, according to the National Weather Services.
The forecasted snowfall on Friday is forecast to fall in parts of the West, but not all of the state.
That will likely affect how much snow people get this winter and when they get it.
The National Weather System Center in Denver forecast Friday night to see a little over 8 inches of snow in parts near Denver.
The area around Colorado Springs and parts near Littleton is expected with as much as 9 inches of accumulation.
Snow is expected on Saturday, with the snowiest areas expected to be in the western parts of California, Nevada and Arizona.
In the south, the winter storm will bring snow and freezing rain to parts of South Dakota, the Dakotas and Montana.
Snow will be heavier in parts that are colder than the typical winter weather.
Temperatures in some areas are expected to drop below freezing by Sunday.
The last time a temperature below freezing hit was Dec. 8, 1979.
Tempe and the cities of Phoenix and Tucson are expected near freezing in the middle of the night on Sunday.
Tempers in the South will also be high.
Some areas in the Southeast will see temperatures in the 30s and 40s and some areas in Georgia and Alabama will see highs in the 40s, the National Hurricane Center said.
Tempering is an extreme event where the temperature gets above freezing, usually during a long period of time, and then cools off rapidly.
Temperatures in the south will be very high in some parts of Mississippi, the center said.