The Winter Outlook Shows More Snow than Average

Bismarck - It is what has everybody talking -- snow in the forecast.
Meteorologists study patterns to determine how this winter could potentially pan out. 

Rich Barriols, Bismarck Resident, says, "Last winter was pretty harsh from a snowfall point of view."

This year could be similar. 

Ken Simosko, National Weather Service, says, "Temperature wise probably colder than average, but we'll have some warm and dry weather." 

"If it gets cold, there's nothing I can do about it, I'll just have to dress warm," says Felicia Schafm, Bismarck resident.

December, January, and February are all winter months according to meteorological standards and this winter outlook doesn't look too good for North Dakota.

Simosko says, "We're probably going to have some warm and dry periods and cold and snowy periods."

Meaning, it won't just be the entire winter seeing snowy and below freezing temperatures due to variability. 

Temperatures right along the equator play a critical role for the weather season.

Simosko, says, "So this year we are experiencing a weak La Nina, that means the temperatures are colder, but not excessively cold."

That's colder than average ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. 
The last time we had a weak La Nina was last year.

Barriols says, "If we get more snow than last year early or the same amount than last year, then we get it early like we did then it's going to be rough."

Those closer to the western part of the state could potentially see a stronger winter.

"The confidence for increased precipitation increases," says Simosko.

Maybe Barriols says it right, "We'll have to wait and see."

We don't know exactly how it's going to shape up, but meteorologists have a pretty good idea on how this winter will go.
One resident we spoke to said that if the snow isn't higher than she can walk through, then this winter will be okay. 

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