The strong El Nino is now set. No turning back, now - we are on the road. In fact it may be strengthening. Recall, it means NW snowpack about 20% below normal for the seasonwhich is a great improvement over last year. The warm offshore blob is cooling, so a non-factor. Remember, each storm is different - there will be good powder days this season, but a few less than normal. Another reason to pay attention to the powder alerts.
Short range forecast is shows no constant pattern for snow yet - but it is early. Expect a couple more weeks until we typically start to see it.