MADISON, Wis. -

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.