The United States is under La Niña Watch for the upcoming winter season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its predictions for the United States' winter season, including Colorado. According to the forecasters, there's a 50-55 percent chance of La Niña developing in the fall through the winter.

La Niña can be defined as "periods of below-average sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific," says the NOAA.

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Courtesy of NOAA

For Colorado, above-average temperatures are to be expected throughout the season but will be the most apparent into January. We're likely to have average snowfall this season—the exceptions being the southeastern part of the state, which will see a slow start to the snow; the northern parts of the state in the early months of next year having above-average snow; and the southwestern parts of the state possibly having a below-average amount of snow in the springtime.

Since Colorado is right in between those wet/cool and dry/warm states, it makes it fairly tricky to make predictions.