We're not too far off now -- from winter that is.

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I'm sure you've heard the term before, El Nino. This year, however, it's the opposite term that will be the weather story: La Nina.

According to WKBW, La Nina is the "cooling of the surface water temperatures in the eastern and central-eastern equatorial Pacific."

It should have an impact on our winter, too.

When La Nina takes effect, 56 percent of Buffalo winter months experience above-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

According to WKBW, you can expect slightly above-average temperatures for winter this year, along with slightly above snowfall (105''-115'') for Western New York, thanks to La Nina.

The reason for more precipitation is because La Nina usually trends towards a wetter winter pattern. The jet stream becomes more active.

Even though we're still in October, it's smart to prepare for the winter driving season now. Did you know New York State is the third deadliest state when it comes to winter driving?

Always check your tires. Less tread and air pressure mean less traction on the snowy and icy roads, which could lead to spin-outs or accidents.

All in all, I think we'll trade a little more snow for warmer winter temps, right? Just as long as we don't hear about those polar vortexes!

Read more at WKBW.