La Nina could bring more snow, colder temps

More snow possible

The National Weather Service says a La Nina weather pattern has arrived, which could influence winter weather in southern Wisconsin.

News 3 meteorologist Haddie McLean said that La Nina could mean more precipitation for southern Wisconsin, but it’s not a guarantee. La Nina is just one of many factors that impact our weather patterns. Here are the snow records from past La Nina episodes:

Past La Nina episodes:

2011-12:  31.4″ of snow
2010-11:  73.1″ of snow 2007-08:  101.4″ of snow (record highest snowfall) 2000-01:  52.2″ of snow

The latest winter outlook for December through February shows a chance for cooler than normal temperatures for most of Wisconsin as well as higher than normal precipitation.