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Near Normal Winter Weather Predicted for QC

National Weather Service, Quad Cities

This winter will probably be very close to normal in the Quad Cities, but with the possibility of slightly cooler temperatures and slightly more snow. That's the forecast from the National Weather Service for December through February.

Meteorologist Ray Wolf says for the third year we'll be affected by colder temperatures in the Pacific Ocean - a weather pattern known as La Nina. In a normal winter this area receives 30 to 35 inches of snow.

"If you're a betting person, odds would tend to favor in La Nina winters maybe a little bit more snow. But the other thing to factor in is recent trends and we've been kind of on the drier side the last several months."

But he says in areas to the south, including Peoria and Burlington, annual snowfall has begun to fall due to climate change and a warming planet.

The one month prediction for temperatures in the Quad Cities is for normal readings in December, while the three month forecast, December through February, is for slightly lower than normal temperatures.