The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a warm winter in Wyoming. Their Winter Outlook calls for above-average temperatures across the Cowboy State from December through February.

The NOAA Climate Predicter estimates a temperature spike up to 50 percent above normal for most of Wyoming, In the northwest corner of the state, temperatures could soar up to 60 percent above the annual average.

El Nino winds from the southwest could also mean a dry winter for the state. Precipitation in northern Wyoming is projected be 30 to 50 percent below average with the possibility of drought-like conditions developing around the region. Precipitation across southern Wyoming is expected to remain in the normal range.

While a warm, dry winter is welcome news for the moment, a lack of snowfall would likely increase the risk of wildfires in the summer and fall.