MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsinites can expect below average snowfall this winter, according to the winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The prediction means drought relief might not come through the winter months.

The Capital Times reported NOAA warned this winter was harder to predict than usual because a critical weather system, El Nino, didn't develop in the Pacific.

But NOAA noted that odds favor drier than average conditions in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest. More precipitation is expected in the Gulf Coast states.

The agency said in Wisconsin and the Midwest there's equal chance for above normal, near normal or below normal temperatures this winter.