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KHQ WEATHER AUTHORITY: Leslie Lowe's Winter Weather Forecast

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Leslie Lowe thinks our winter is going to see below average snowfall Leslie Lowe thinks our winter is going to see below average snowfall
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

If you were here in 2008 - 2009, then you remember the 93.6 record-breaking inches of snow that covered the Inland Northwest. 59.7 of those total inches fell in just December alone! That will be the winter that all future winters for years to come will be compared to.

So let's talk about this year's Winter Weather Forecast and all of the terminology that we fling around when making these predictions!

La Niña El Niño and Enso neutral.

La Niña, basically that means we'll see above average snowfall and below average temperatures, like in 2008's record breaking December.

El Niño generally means just the opposite: below average snowfall and above average temperatures! And that's what we saw the very next year, in 2009. That's when we saw record-breaking snowfall in the other direction, with only 14.4 inches of snow for the entire snow season!

This past snow season of 2013/2014 we were in what is called a neutral phase, which means there were no major temperature swings either way.

And that is exactly what we got. Snowfall totals that we're just about average.

Our average snowfall in Spokane is 44.9 inches and last year we saw 43.6 inches. It doesn't get any closer than that.

This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is leaning towards a 58% chance of an El Niño year. For us that would mean below average snowfall and above average temperatures.

My thoughts for this winter are just that. I believe that we will see anywhere between 39 inches of snowfall to 43 inches of snowfall for the season. And even though we're going to see temperatures drop like a rock this week, I do believe the temperatures on average throughout this winter will be slightly above our average.

I will leave you with this one certainty: It's winter in the Pacific Northwest, It's gonna snow. So we want you to be prepared we want you to be safe and we want you to have fun!

Your KHQ weather Authority team has got you covered!

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