CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Winter 2016-2017 will be driven by a few things but none bigger than the weak La Nina that has developed in the equatorial Pacific. This cooling of the waters in the central Pacific usually means a mild and dry winter for the Carolinas. You can see the primary steering currents of storms stay north along with the cold air.
Now this doesn’t mean we will not get some snow and cold. It just means the majority of this winter will be mild and dry. You can see how our snow and ice average stacks up in La Nina winters. Throw in the fact that we are already in a drought it seems hard pressed that we will end this dry pattern anytime this winter.