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Wet and cold (and maybe snowy) La Niña winter predicted for Northwest

Oct 31, 2016

After one of the rainiest Octobers on record, Seattle forecasters are looking ahead at what's to come this winter. If you like snow, you could be in for a treat.


The National Weather Service expects a La Niña type of winter. That means colder and wetter conditions than average.

Weather Service forecaster Kirby Cook said it will probably be a good year for snow pack, with more snow than normal in the mountains. What's less clear is whether Seattle will see snow on the ground.

Cook: "It's a tough thing to forecast because you have to have a bunch of ingredients come together: You have to have precipitation and you've got to have some cold air. And that's tough to do around here because we have so much water, and that helps mitigate temperature, and makes it tough to forecast."

But, Cook said this year there's a better chance of lowland snow than the past couple of years. He said it’s a good idea to have chains and a winter emergency kit if you plan to drive over mountain passes this winter.

Forecasters expect that if La Niña takes effect, the Northwest will be colder than normal starting in January.