By Lisa Meadows

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – There has been a graphic floating around the internet showing a bitter cold winter for the northern portion of the United States.

This is due to a La Nina watch that was recently issued.

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A La Nina weather pattern can give hints to what type of weather we will see throughout the winter season. The pattern means that the jet stream favors a location over the Pacific Northwest. This means storm systems will ride this jet stream across the north and bring better rain chances in that location.

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Northern California is right on the cusp of where the jet stream rides to the north during this pattern.

Historically, Northern California sees drier-than-average winters during La Nina winters.

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This is a weak La Nina signal, so it really doesn’t give a lot of confidence to the forecast; but we will see more confidence in the forecast as we get closer to the winter season.