The National Weather Service expects our winter not to be as wet or cold as last year—a year that brought several larger-than-normal snow storms.
"We are in a La Niña pattern where it favors warmer weather,"said William Perry of the Weather Services' Blacksburg office.
El Niño/La Niña is an oscillation of temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. During El Niño, water is warmer in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During La Niña, it's colder.