Chances are increasing for an El Nino Winter in the Pacific Northwest

Chances are increasing for an El Nino Winter in the Pacific Northwest
(Courtesy: Stevens Pass, October 2)

The Climate Prediction Center just released their latest report indicating we could be seeing an El Nino Winter in Washington and Oregon.

“There is a 50-55% chance of El Niño onset during the Northern Hemisphere fall 2018 (September-November), increasing to 65-70% during winter 2018-19.”

So what does that typically mean for us? Usually during an El Nino winter in the Pacific Northwest, we see warmer and drier conditions for the months of December, January and February.

I know that’s hard to believe after Stevens Pass got its first dusting on October 2nd as the snow level dropped down to 4,000 feet elevation. We might have an active start to fall, but that pattern might switch over later in December to one which is warmer and drier.

Chief Meteorologist Kristin Walls will continue to keep you posted on what the winter will hold. Look for her winter forecast of 2018-2019 by early November!