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La Niña and Colorado Snow This Winter

12 Nov 2017, 7:18 pm

Power hounds, skiers and snowboarders in Colorado are looking at a good amount of snow to enjoy in the  northern and central mountains this winter.  

According to the Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service, La Niña conditions are predicted to continue (~65-75% chance) at least through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18.

During La Niña, the Pacific jet stream often meanders high into the North Pacific bringing a more persistent and colder northwest flow across parts of Colorado.  La Niñas tend to bring a good amount of pacific moisture especially for the northern and central Colorado mountains.

Ski resorts like Breckenridge, Keystone, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Vail, and Aspen look to see above normal snowfall with La Niña in place.

On average during La Niña the southwest mountains of Colorado are a bit drier than average as are locations east of the Continental Divide in places like Denver.

Mike Morrison

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