Above-normal snow, cold, predicted for Southeast

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010

JUNEAU - It could be a good winter for skiing in southeast Alaska this year.

That's according to the Southeast Alaska Winter Outlook released by the National Weather Service.

Forecaster Rick Fritsch tells KINY-AM he's expecting Southeast to experience a colder-than-normal winter, the result of the La Nina in the tropical Pacific.

Fritsch says what's normally associated with the phenomenon is slightly lower than normal total precipitation values for the winter.

But with the colder temperatures, what precipitation southeast Alaska does get is more likely to be snow than rain.

Fritsch says putting those two together, along with the air-sea interaction called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, Southeast should be seeing a higher than normal snowfall this winter as well.

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