The Old Farmer’s Almanac dropped their winter weather predictions for the upcoming season! It more or less agrees with the Farmers’ Almanac’s predictions for the 2017-2018 Winter (yes, they are different publications) with the amount and placement of snow. So, whether you swear by these forecasts or take everything with a grain of salt, they are officially in and we are now off to the races. The first day of winter is Thursday, December 21, 2017, and we are counting down the days until the snow sticks. Check out the map above and the predictions below for everything you need to know.
Colder—But Not Colder Than Usual
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.
A Wet and Snowy Winter All-Around
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. Get your shovels ready! Notable exceptions to this wet winter are the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, where less precipitation than usual is expected.