NOAA is maintaining that the ocean and atmospheric conditions in the equatorial Pacific are indicating strong El Nino conditions. The event is expected to peak in strength in late autumn or early winter. This means enhanced precipitation for Southern California, NOAA says. But sometimes El Ninos cut off before reaching Central California, so it’s wait-and-see around these parts. If El Nino does arrive, the warmer temperatures mean that snow will fall at higher elevations.