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The Old Farmer’s Almanac, North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, just released their long-range weather predictions for winter 2017-18.

The forecast, which attempts to predict the amount and placement, is a warm welcome (or should we say “cold”?) compared to last year’s predictions. We do advise you take these with a grain of salt. Long-range forecasts are rarely accurate… If you’re looking for powder, meteorologists at OpenSnow recommend paying attention to 1-10 day forecasts instead.

US Winter 2017-18 Forecast

Colder—But Not Colder Than Usual

Winter is forecasted to be much colder than last year’s, but not colder than usual. According to these predictions, all of the western US is expected to feel cooler than normal.

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.”

For reference, this was last year’s predictions:

Canada

Up North, Canadians are in for a milder-than-average winter overall. Southeastern Ontario, Yukon, northern Labrador, and most of Quebec will see more snow than usual, while the rest of Atlantic Canada can expect above-average amounts of rain.

Whether you believe these or not, let’s all hope for a snowy winter!

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  • altfactor@hotmail.com

    New England will be a “split decision”:

    Northern New England could be cold with lots of snowstorms, but Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut (except for the northwest portion) could end up quite mild with more ran than snow.

    Major Northern New England ski areas will have to do a lot of publicity to convince those in Boston that while it’s mild (and rainy) in Beantown, it’s cold with lots of snow at their ski areas!