La Niña watch: Hoping for high country snow #Snowpack

From The Denver Post (John Meyer):

The CPC, a department of the National Weather Service, has issued a La Niña watch, saying “La Niña conditions are favored” for fall and winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The prediction is based on below-average water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

That means it could be a good season to shred in Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Vail, Aspen and the Summit County resorts.

“What we see when we move into a La Niña is, typically the northern and central mountains do really well for snow,” Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the NWS in Boulder, said. “Statistically the bias is that the southwest mountains are a little bit drier than average, and locations east of the Continental Divide tend to be near to below normal snowfall for the season.”


The big dumps in the mountains may not start coming until after the first of the new year. Above normal temperatures with normal precipitation levels are likely over the next three months, Fredin said, adding that he doesn’t see anything that would indicate significant snowfall over the next seven to 10 days.

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