Europe winter forecast: Frequent storms to batter UK; Mild winter to spare France and Germany
An active storm track across the north Atlantic Ocean will produce a high number of storms tracking across western and central Europe this winter.
Eastern Europe will experience a more tranquil and mild winter; however, a significant cold shot or two is predicted during the second half of the season.
Storms to frequent British Isles with rain and wind
A stormy weather pattern will set in before wintertime with active weather during the second half of October across Ireland and the United Kingdom.
At least one named windstorm is expected during this time before a lull in windstorms in November. However, storm systems may still bring locally heavy rainfall at times during the month.
The most active period of weather will be during the official winter months from December through February. December and February will bring the potential for multiple windstorms within a week.
The greatest wind threat is expected across Northern Ireland and Scotland while significant, but less frequent, damaging wind events will impact Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
"Above-normal rainfall across the U.K. and Ireland will result in another winter of flooding problems," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.
A workman clears the remains of two fallen beech trees near Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Two of the 200-year-old trees featured in the series Game of Thrones as the Dark Hedges were uprooted and toppled by a storm as 80-mph winds swept across Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Frequent storms from the Atlantic will keep cold air at bay as milder air from the ocean results in near- to above-normal temperatures.
The lack of cold air will limit snowfall throughout the season; however, brief shots of cold air may produce some low elevation snowfall at times.
Locations with the greatest threat for impactful snowfall include Edinburgh and Sheffield.
Persistent storms to cause wet, mild winter from France to Germany
A storm track that will shift north and south across western Europe will lead to numerous impacts across France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany this winter.
The greatest threat for damaging winds will be across Belgium and the Netherlands as well as central and northern Germany.
Areas that are most likely to experience a damaging wind storm include Brussels, Belgium, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Hamburg and Berlin in Germany.
While the most frequent storms are expected during January and February in these areas, damaging wind events are possible as early as November in northern Europe.
A woman struggles with her umbrella against the rain and storm during her walk on the Großer Feldberg mountain in central Germany, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
France will have a period of stormy weather in December followed by more frequent storms from February into March.
A combination of damaging winds and localized flooding will be possible with the strongest storms.
"When the frequency of storms increases in January and February, the threat for flooding will increase across southern Germany," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.
Some of the risk areas will include those that suffered from devastating flash flooding in early summer. Locations with a heighten risk for significant flooding include Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Overall, the winter is expected to yield above-normal temperatures as Atlantic air dominates much of the season, preventing cold air over northern Scandinavia from rushing southward.
Mild weather will prevail in areas from northern Spain to southern France and Italy throughout the winter; however, rainfall during the second half of the season will increase the threat for flooding.
From late January through February, the primary storm track will shift southward guiding frequent storm systems into France. The risk for flooding will extend from northern Spain through southern France and into the Alps.
Mudslides will be possible in the foothills of the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Mountains of Spain, while above-normal snowfall is expected in the highest elevations.
Prior to the late-season storms, winter will be mild with above-normal temperatures predicted during December and much of January with below-normal snowfall in the mountains.
While the lower elevations of the Alps will experience rainfall as mild air dominates, higher elevations and ski resorts can expect significant late-season snow that will likely result in an extended season.
Snow covers a tree and the landscape in the German Alps near Inzell, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather for Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)
Across Italy, the higher terrain will get an increase in snowfall late in the season, while the lower elevations receive beneficial rainfall.
"Rainfall throughout the winter will be largely beneficial across northern Italy," Roys said.