How El Niño, La Niña and the Siberian Snowpack impact wintry weather in Virginia

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Find out how the ocean temperature off the west coast of South America impacts the weather here in the Commonwealth.

El Niño and La Niña are phenomenons that, when present, impact the amount of snow we can receive in Virginia along with whether the air could be mild or cold in nature during the course of the winter. Both play a role in our winter weather outlooks.

Also, the amount of snow on the ground in Russia can play a role in the long-range winter outlook for our region as well.

Chief Meteorologist John Carroll explains all three long-range drivers and how they will or will not play a role in our wintry pattern this year.

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