The summer and fall of 2016 were both mild seasons, especially in comparison to past years, but states all across the country are already feeling winter's chill. Climate studies have shown that hotter summers often lead to colder winters; it is very likely that this season will only get colder as time passes.
Due to greenhouse effects and other ozone depleting, air heating events- our winters are getting warmer and warmer. I type this as it's 70 degrees on December 6th in central eastern America. Christmas 2015 was 75 degrees. Winters are taking longer to get cold and are increasing in temperatures every year.
The winter of 2015-2016 was mild for most parts of the United States. The coming winter of 2016-2017 is also expected to be mild for most of the U.S.. There will be some hard hit areas, but overall the winter is expected to be mild for most and not be Snowzilla.
Usually, when it's going to be the winter of Snowzilla, there are warning signs. Here in Michigan, it it already December 6. There have only been a few big snow falls. There is not any lasting snow on the ground. Usually, these things happen already when it's going to be a very cold winter.