Tom Sherry's winter forecast: Get ready for snow

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by Tom Sherry and KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 1 at 6:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- KREM 2 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry is predicting you'll probably need your snow blowers and snow shovels more this winter than you did last year.

Tom is forecasting a La Nina weather pattern, which traditionally calls for colder temperatures and more snowfall during the winter.  This is the same pattern that brought 98 inches of snow in 2008-2009 and 93 inches of snow in 2007-2008 in the Inland Northwest.  Last winter the region experienced an El Nino pattern and led to one of the smallest amounts of snow on record.

Tom is calling for about 60 inches of snow this winter.  Our average amount of snowfall is 46 inches.

The first snowfall usually hits around November 12 and Tom is predicting the snow will end around April 3rd.

Tom is forecasting the heaviest amounts of snow (between two and three feet) in the months of December and January.

If we get a cold blast of arctic air, Tom is predicting it will hit us in late December and during January. 

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