SPOKANE, Wash.--Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry gave his annual Winter Forecast Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.
Sherry said the Inland Northwest is slated for a neutral winter meaning there is no El Nino or La Nina.
Yet, Sherry called for snowfall slightly above average for the end of 2013. He forecasted 48 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport for the 2013 winter. The average recorded snowfall is 45 inches. The Inland Northwest received 43.5 inches of snow in 2012. The Inland Northwest last broke a snowfall record in the 2008-2009 winter with 98 inches.
The Winter Forecast included at least one Arctic Outbreak which brings a cold chill to the Inland Northwest. Sherry said this could happen between mid-December to mid-January.
December and January are slated for bring the largest snowfall to the region. Sherry said the area could receive two to three feet of snow during that time.
Sherry forecasted that the snow should stop by April 3, 2014. He said to expected heavier snowfall earlier in the season.