El Niño weather phenomenon could deliver early snow to Colorado

Kevin Simpson
The Denver Post

It’s looking like El Niño has grown up — at least for this winter.

The periodic warming of surface waters in the Pacific Ocean, and its influence on weather patterns across North America, continues to gain strength of potentially historic proportion.

“It’s in the ‘Big Boy’ category,” said Klaus Wolter, a University of Colorado Boulder climatologist who studies the phenomenon whose translation is Little Boy.

Colorado could see a mixed bag of weather events from now through next spring — including a strong possibility of snow by the end of the month, Wolter added.

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