La Niņa may mean a dry winter for much of California


STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA
October 4, 2017 2:15pm


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The long-range weather forecast for this winter in California is on the dry side, unlike last winter with its stupendous rain and snow, according to the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather Inc.

With a weak La Niņa predicted to develop this winter, the Northwest and the Rockies are set to receive an abundance of precipitation.

"I think the Bitterroot chain all the way down to the Wasatch region in the central and northern Rockies has a good shot to be above normal on snowfall this season," says AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

The Cascades are also predicted to benefit from abundant snowfall.

"It's a good area to head out to if you're a big skier," Mr. Pastelok says.

But California ski resorts may not be so fortunate as a drier, less snowy season is in the offing for California, at least compared to last winter.

After a big season for snowfall in central and Northern California last year, both regions are predicted to be less wet and snowy in the upcoming months.

However, it won't spell bad news for ski season.

Ski resorts will receive enough snowfall to create good conditions, but not so much that people struggle to get to them, he says.

In the Southwest, drier and warmer weather will dominate.

According to Mr. Pastelok, warmth will bookend the winter with temperatures capable of reaching into the 90s by early 2018.

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