For winter weather lovers who have been disappointed over the last two years because of a lack of winter weather, things may be changing in your favor.
Wyoming meteorologist Don Day released his annual winter weather forecast and it bodes well for those who like cold temperatures and snow.
Day said although La Niña, the weather pattern responsible for warmer and drier conditions, will continue into the fall and early winter, it is expected to fade by early 2023 which is good news for Wyoming and parts of the West.
“The weakening of La Niña will likely bring the state and region some pretty cold weather at times this winter and increased snowfall compared to the last two winters,” Day said.
“Winter will really start to settle in by mid-December with some opportunities for colder than average temperatures from January to March,” he said.
La Niña has been the number one factor in the drought conditions and warmer than normal temperatures since the spring of 2020, Day told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday.
He said the weather pattern has also been partly responsible for the “incessant” winds this past winter and spring.
As for rain and snow, Day said La Niña will likely keep precipitation amounts below normal through fall but as the weather pattern fades, precipitation should increase as late winter arrives continuing through spring across the state.