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El Niño vs. La Niña Winters in Colorado

Colorado usually experiences mild winters, but every few years either a La Niña or an El Niño weather pattern can cause the state to have very different winter conditions. La Niña winters are typically drier and warmer than average, while El Niño winters tend to be wetter and cooler.

So, what's the difference between these two types of winters? Well, it all has to do with the ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. During a La Niña winter, the ocean temperatures are cooler than normal, which can affect the jet stream and lead to warmer temperatures and less snow in Colorado. On the other hand, during an El Niño winter, the ocean temperatures are warmer than normal, which can cause the jet stream to dip further south and bring wetter and cooler conditions to the state.

Of course, it's not always easy to predict exactly how each winter will play out, but knowing whether we're in a La Niña or El Niño pattern can give us a better idea of what kind of conditions to expect. So if you're planning on hitting the slopes this winter, pay attention to the latest forecast - it just might help you choose the best time to go!

This year, Colorado is expecting a La Niña winter, which means that we can expect drier and warmer conditions overall. However, that doesn't mean that we won't get any snow at all - after all, this is still Colorado! We're likely to see below-average snowfall in the mountains, but there will still be plenty of days for skiing and snowboarding. So if you're planning a winter getaway, don't let the forecast scare you off - just be prepared for some slightly different conditions than what we're used to.

Do you plan to ski in Colorado this Winter?

  • Yes of Course!

  • I plan to ski in another state

  • Skiing isn't my thing...

Despite the La Niña winter, the team at ColoradBro is hopeful that we will have a barrage of powder days! See you on the slopes!

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