Possible "neutral" winter could mean average snowfall for Inland NW

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE--Forecasters are tracking a winter weather pattern somewhere between an El Nino and La Nina.

2008 was our last so-called “neutral” winter and it was a snow-packed one.

Originally in September, the trend was toward an El Nino winter.  Conditions in the Pacific Ocean though are backing off, which could mean more snow for the Inland Northwest.

Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry says this winter will be a toss up, as borderline El Nino conditions are expected to continue into the winter.

KREM2 will be keeping a close eye on El Nino.  We’ll track whether it’s strengthening or weakening and how much shoveling that means for the Inland Northwest. 

Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry will have his Winter Forecast at the end of October.  That’s when we’ll have a better idea of exactly how this winter will pan out.

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