DENVER (KDVR) — La Niña has officially arrived in Colorado. This is a pattern flip from last winter’s El Nino, according to FOX31 Pinpoint Meteorologist Chris Tomer.
So what does this mean for Colorado’s mountains this winter?
Here are the key points:
- Slow start to winter. Consistent snow may not arrive until December
- I-70 and points north are favored most this winter. Resorts like Steamboat, Winter Park, Loveland, Vail Pass backcountry, Rocky Mountain National Park backcountry, Caribou, Indian Peaks, Cameron Pass, and Berthoud Pass
- Southern Mountains will be drier, warmer
- Windier than normal winter for I-70 North
- Somewhat Similar Winter analogs: 2010-2011, 2007-2008
- We could see this Moderately strong La Nina reach “Strong” levels. It might be a long shot. This means the water temps in the equatorial south Pacific cool even more. If this happens it could push us even closer to the analog 2010-2011 Winter pattern