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Freezing Rain Affected Parts of the Region on November 16/17

On the evening of Thursday, November 16th, an area of freezing rain and snow moved east-northeast across central and eastern ND into far northwestern MN. The freezing rain resulted in icy conditions, with some of the worst in the Devils Lake Basin. Read More >

The Climate Prediction Center has issued a La Nina Advisory for this upcoming winter. What does this mean for the Northern Plains? Well, typically La Nina's favor colder than normal conditions and slightly favor more snowfall. However, there are other climate drivers than can influence the Northern Plains during the winter months. 

Below is an image depicting the typical winter La Nina and El Nino patterns and impacts across North America. 


The Climate Prediction Center's latest winter outlook reflects a La Nina-type winter. In the graphics below, a wetter (snowier) and colder pattern on average is expected for December, January, and February (DJF). Of course, there will still be warm ups and dry periods. But the winter as a whole is expected to favor these conditions.





Other links of information:

How El Niño and La Niña affect the winter jet stream and U.S. climate

November 2017 La Niña update: She’s back!

Climate Prediction Center