What To Expect From a La Nina Spring

Updated: Mar 28

La Niña has been floating around the Pacific ocean for the last two years, and climatologists say we could be in for a rare three-peat of La Niña this Spring.

Graphic of east coast of the US with heat map indicators

La Niña is when cooler than average waters in the Pacific ocean occur near the equator. Its presence impacts not only weather in the United States but globally.

In Virginia, a La Niña historically correlates to warmer than average temperatures. The Commonwealth has already experienced a warmer than average start to the Spring, and it shows no sign of shifting as we head into April. So, no fear of a 2" snow like the one that occurred in Virginia in early April 1990 (thanks to La Nina and global warming).