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.