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An absent El Nino will change the winter weather outlook

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 13 2012 06:17:33 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2012 06:19:00 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

El Nino has yet to develop which means the rain may stay away from the Southern Plains.

This weather system normally makes for wetter winters in the Big Country.

"El Nino decided to sputter and now we're in more of a neutral El Nino, that's neither El Nino or La Nina," says Hector Guerrero, Warning & Coordination Meteorologist with San Angelo's National Weather Service.

Without it,  West Texas may be in for a typical winter.

Rainfall totals are still above average for the year but if the current pattern continues, that could change.

The Big Country could see above average temperatures this winter but you shouldn't let your guard down.

Even in a typical winter the Big Country sees several days of freezing weather.

With the potential for ice and even snow...you should monitor the weather closely and be prepared for anything.