As part of the country braces itself for the upcoming winter months, many wonder what to expect in terms of temperatures and snowfall.According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, if you live in certain parts of the U.S., you could have a colder and snowier winter season ahead.According to predictions from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, here’s what you can expect, depending on your region:
- The Northeast and Midwest should expect more mild temperatures than normal and wet or snowy conditions.
- The Pacific Northwest will have a chilly and dry weather season.
- In the Intermountain and Appalachia regions, the prediction is for a “warmer and less snowy” outlook than usual.
- The South will have a mild and wet winter.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac website includes the following summary for November 2017 to October 2018:
“This winter is forecast to be much colder than last year’s, but—just like last winter—not colder than usual. In fact, a large part of the northern United States will experience milder-than-average temperatures (though we would still recommend having your long underwear on-hand), while much of the South and West can expect to feel cooler than normal. Escaping this chill are Florida and the Southeast, where milder-than-usual temperatures will be felt.”
That’s what you can expect, temperature-wise, but what about precipitation? The site explains that “precipitation will be at above-normal levels throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, Intermountain region, and from eastern Tennessee through New Mexico.”
The site further explains, “Get your shovels ready! Notable exceptions to this wet winter are the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, where less precipitation than usual is expected.”
Armed with this information, you can prepare for the season ahead, but how does the Almanac prediction work? The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been in existence since 1792 and uses solar cycles, meteorology, and climatology for its predictions, with the people behind the publication giving it an 80 percent rate of accuracy.
Those weighing in with comments on The Old Farmer’s Almanac Facebook post about the upcoming winter predictions had some questions, with one person asking how an area can be both mild and snowy. Their response was: “’Mild’ means only not as cold as average (based on 1981-2010 averages). ‘Snowy’ means only more snow than the 1981-2010 average. Hope this helps!”
Another commenter noted: “Mild and wet, I am totally good with that, I just hope the mild part, keeps the wet part from being a lot of snow and ice! You predicted for our area last year, and you were right, so I am gonna get myself an Almanac, and keep up to date with your predictions.”
Another commenter pointed out: “They can’t say what the weather will be next week with any accuracy. How can they know what an entire winter will be like? Just saw another forecast that was almost the total opposite.”
One commenter noted how the warmer temperatures this fall have them skeptical about the winter predictions, writing: “mild and snowy. well, its been in the 60-80 in VT. Very odd for this time of year, though in the 20’s at nite with heavy frost. I don’t see snow in our forecast anytime soon, but then again, it could snow a foot tonight. No way to predict our weather here.”