BOSTON (WHDH) - Could it be a year without winter in New England? Forecast models suggest “widespread warmth” in February, bringing us close to the official start of spring.

The Arctic Oscillation is forecasted to go “extremely positive” for the first half of February, according to BAMWX. Forecasters added that data is “trending away from” a negative Eastern Pacific Oscillation.

When the EPO is negative, “Alaska turns warmer than normal. The same ridge that turns Alaska warmer also directs more airflow southward out of the Arctic into central portions of North America. That, in turn, allows for cold air to build and spread southward out of Canada, resulting in a colder than normal pattern for much of Canada and the northern,” according to Weather OPS.

Since the EPO is trending toward positive, low pressure could push down high pressure, resulting in a rush of mild air for parts of New England.

“February has the potential to be warm for us…redux 2012 perhaps…year without a winter for us,” 7’s Jeremy Reiner said in a tweet.

An outlook from the 7Weather team is predicting a “very likely above average” temperature trend in southern New England from Feb. 4-8.

The week of Feb. 6-12 will likely bring a “more likely above average” temperature trend.

Spring begins on March 19.

For more information, visit the 7Weather page.

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