Farmers' Almanac Says Get Ready For a Cold And Wet Winter

Rear view of two young girls (sisters) in purple and pink going for a walk on the ranch during a winter snow storm.

The dog days of summer are here and Labor Day weekend is only weeks away. Before you know it the cold weather will be here. 

Unless you live on the West Coast, you're going to want to prepare yourself for a cold and wet winter this year, according to the Farmers' Almanac forecast for the upcoming season.

While overall temperatures might be a little bit more "normal" this winter across the country compared to last year, most locations should expect "above-normal precipitation," the Farmers' Almanac's 200-year-old formula predicts.

The areas between the Great Lakes and Northeast should prepare for particularly "snowier-than-normal conditions" this winter. If you want to get a head-start on planning your upcoming ski vacation to Vermont (or start saving for a tropical getaway), they've red-flagged the following dates along the Atlantic Seaboard for heavy rain and snowfall in 2018.

January 20-23

February 4-7

February 16-19

March 1-3

March 20-23

So, you may be thinking of escaping the cold and heading somewhere warm like sunny Florida. Think again. The forecast for the Southeast includes an "unseasonable chill reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast, with above-average precipitation." While most meteorologists are skeptical of predicting weather more than 10 days in advance, both the Farmers' Almanac and its main competitor, The Old Farmer's Almanac, claim to be 80 percent accurate in their weather predictions.


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