Colder, Snowier Winter Forecasted For Inland Northwest

More snow and colder temperatures are being forecasted for Spokane this winter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter outlook for the United States this week and the Inland Northwest will probably be colder and wetter than usual.

The rest of the country is expected to see warmer temps, while Washington, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas will see the opposite.

That prediction is based on the likelihood of La Niña, which is the colder counterpart of El Niño. During La Niña years, Spokane has experienced colder temperatures and an average of about 10 more inches of snow according to the local National Weather Service office.