Winter is coming: Expect a wet one

NOAA says that La Nina could influence our winter conditions this year

A pedestrian heads towards his car in rain and high winds, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A pedestrian heads towards his car in rain and high winds, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — NOAA has issued their U.S. Winter Outlook for this year’s winter season and it gives us an idea of what the northwest could see in the upcoming months.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that La Nina could influence our winter conditions this year, which usually brings cooler and wetter conditions to the northern part of the country.

The US Winter outlook for the precipitation in the northwest is forecasted to have a slightly wetter winter compared to normal years. The Oregon and southwest Washington area is in the slightly above average area, which is forecasted to be about thirty-three percent wetter than normal.

For temperatures, the outlook shows Oregon and the entire Northwest will see equal chances of above or below temperatures. This means there is no significant probability it will be a warmer or cooler winter compared to normal.

The US Winter Outlook produced by NOAA is a seasonal forecast for temperatures and likely precipitation, but it does not forecast where and when major snowstorms will hit or how much snow an area could receive.