Bad news from NOAA leaves winter sports fans disappointed.

The start of Colorado's ski and winter sports season is coming soon. Over the past couple of months, we've heard talk that a mild El Niño winter was in the works. El Niño is still in the forecast, just not packing as much punch as once predicted. As a result, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting that this winter will likely be "mild" across the country when it comes to the amount of precipitation.

The southern half of the country is projected to have a wetter than normal winter however, dry conditions are expected to continue across the Northern Rockies. As a result, Colorado may wind up with less snow than first predicted.

Unforchantly the NOAA report says the drought conditions are likely to continue across most of Colorado. The southern half may fair a bit better, making this winter wetter than last year for places like Telluride. Any additional snow over last years weak totals is good news. Along with then less than stellar snowfall prediction, winter temps are expected to be above average again for all of Colorado. Of course, this will impact the amount of snow and how much will accumulate.

Try not to let this news get you down. Predicting the weather is a guess at best and the forecast will likely change before it's all said and done. Until then, keep your skies crossed and pray for more snow. It's can't hurt.

Credit: Out There Colorado