Will La Nina bring snow to Colorado?
VAIL, Colorado ” Climatologist Klaus Wolter says Vail and Colorado’s mountains could get normal or even above-normal snow this winter.
Wolter believes Colorado is headed toward a La Nina winter, which tilts the odds toward more snow. The downside is La Ninas ” long-term wind patterns tied to cooler Pacific temperatures ” usually also bring a dry fall and spring.
Wolter says he’s “guardedly optimistic” that winter snowfall will make up for the lack of moisture so far and raise the snowpack to about normal by the end of the winter.
As of Wednesday, the statewide snowpack is 49 percent of the 30-year average for this time of year.
Wolter works at the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration in Boulder.