Does our early snow mean a snowy winter's ahead?

Snow buries a road sign on State Route 410 near Chinook Pass. Photo: WSDOT.
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Western Washington’s snow last weekend was rare.

“We’ve only seen snow before the first week of November is over four times, and that includes this recent spout,” said KING 5 meteorologist Ben Dery.

But KING 5 meteorologist Rich Marriott warns that doesn’t necessarily mean a snowy winter.

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“(The recent snow) is unusual, but it’s a flash in the pan,” said Marriott.

He added it’s a La Nina season expected.

“It really increases when we reach the middle part of November through April,” he said. “With a La Nina, it should be above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures, which means lowland snow is more likely.

“But again that’s a bunch of details coming together. I would say it’s harmonic convergence to get everything to come together and make it snow.”