La Niña set to bring harsh winter weather

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Winter is coming. OK, that joke might be a little old — but really, we're about to have a pretty chilly couple of months.

Forecasters are predicting a La Niña event in the Pacific Ocean. Basically, that means people up north are going to want to invest in some space heaters.

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La Niña is a recurring climate pattern like El Niño — just with the opposite effect. El Niño brings warmer ocean temperatures, while La Niña comes with cooler temps.

And from the looks of it, the U.S. will be striped with different weather patterns. Southern states can expect drier than normal conditions. northern states, on the other hand, will be colder and wetter. And middle states might get a mix of both.

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Street lights are illuminated as a jogger runs around Lake Harriet, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Minneapolis a heavy snow storm. Parts of the Midwest including southern Minnesota experienced blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
As a storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, a city of Denver plow clears westbound lanes of Sixth Avenue Parkway Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Denver. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As a storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, motorists wait at a road block along Interstate 70 Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Aurora, Colo. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As a storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, a road closed sign blocks motorists from entering an eastbound ramp to Interstate 70 Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Aurora, Colo. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
As a howling storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on Colorado persists, eastbound motorists are stopped at a road block along Interstate 70 Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Aurora, Colo. The storm, which is heading to the plains and Upper Midwest, has left large amounts of snow in its wake and forced school and business closures along its path. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Anastasiya Calkins walks through snow covered trees at Belmar Park in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. Snow continues to fall in the area. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: People try to push a car that got stuck along Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. Snow continues to fall in the area. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A plow removes snow during severe weather at Denver International Airport, in Colorado, early Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A powerful winter storm has shut down highways in eastern Colorado, closed many schools and slowed down traffic at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Eric Serrano, left, and Art Tellez puts on chains on their garbage truck, February, 02, 2016. The two garbage men were sliding all over the road when they decided to chain up for the rest of their route in Lakewood. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as Rob Smith clears his driveway outside his home in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as morning traffic makes its way along 6th Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Snow continues to fall as morning traffic makes its way along 6th Avenue in Lakewood, February, 02, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - February 02: Icicles form on a porch awning near Colorado Blvd and Cornell Ave during a heavy snowstorm February 02, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - February 02: Exhausted from shoveling sidewalks, Tre Schlegel, 5, left, and his father Jon, make snow angels in their front yard near Warren Ave and Madison St. during a heavy snowstorm February 02, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Unfortunately for the West Coast, La Niña won't help the drought situation. California has been in a drought for about six years now, and that part of the country is probably going to stay dry.

One weather expert said the Golden State would need several wet winters and abnormally high precipitation to come back from the drought.

Another forecast from the Atmospheric and Environmental Research firm sees the cold extending down a little further on the map to include cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C.

So, if you like snow, this is probably really good news. But if you don't, well, better luck next time.

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