Portland and Oregon winter weather forecast: Colder, wetter and a frigid finish

Portland and Oregon winter weather forecast

Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are in for another La Niña weather pattern this winter according to recent winter weather forecasts. The outlook calls for a rainy start to the season and a frigid finish.

La Niña, or the cooler than normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, returned in late summer and should gradually strengthen, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). For more on the upcoming weather forecast:

NOAA: U.S. dealt another La Niña winter: “For the second winter in a row, La Niña will influence weather patterns across the country, but as usual, it’s not the only climate factor at play. The ‘wild card’ is the lesser-known and less predictable Arctic Oscillation that could produce dramatic short-term swings in temperatures this winter. … Pacific Northwest: colder and wetter than average. La Niña often results in below-average temperatures and increased mountain snow in the Pacific Northwest and western Montana during the winter months.”

AccuWeather.com: Wet Start, Frigid End: “The AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team is predicting a major shift to cold weather for the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest in February and lasting into March. … Though February is expected to be a drier month for Seattle and Portland, chances for any snow events would be highest during this month with the colder air in place.”

For more on the winter weather outlook, the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society will host its annual “Winter Weather Forecast Conference” on Oct. 29 at OMSI in Portland.

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