In addition to below-average temps, the Farmers' Almanac foresees above-average levels of precipitation.
This Is How Cold and Snowy This Winter Will Be, According to the Farmers' Almanac
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Yes, you are going to want to buy those snow boots.

Since 1818, the Farmers' Almanac has been using a secret formula (it factors sunspots, the tidal action of the moon, and the position of the planets into the equation) to predict long-term weather patterns. Unlike the short-term predictions we see on TV or consult on our phones to tell us whether to grab an umbrella on our way out the door, these long-term forecasts are made a couple of years in advance. While these forecasts were originally intended to guide farmers on when to plant and harvest their crops, they're now also used to help us prepare for the seasons ahead. Looking at these predictions can help us decide when to schedule weddings and outdoor events, or determine the best week to book a ski trip. And once you take a peek at the Farmers' Almanac's weather predictions for winter 2018 to 2019, it may just convince you to order some winter boots and hibernate for the next few months.

According to the Farmers' Almanac's Winter Forecast report, this winter will be, "Colder-than-normal… from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians." The really cold temperatures will arrive mid-February in the Northeast/New England, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Southeast. An Artic cold front will deliver a sharp drop in temperature, blustery winds, and snowfall. Feeling nervous already? Time to start stocking up on warm undershirts and consult our top tips for staying warm.

In addition to below-average temps, the Farmers' Almanac foresees above-average levels of precipitation. Translation: Get ready for a very snowy winter. The Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England will receive more snow than normal this winter, with most of it falling in January and February. Time to stock up on snow shovels (or book a snow plowing service for the season). In the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic States, above-average precipitation is also predicted, but with the temperature hovering just above or just below freezing, it could either fall as rain or freezing rain. Get ready for that wintry mix.

And if you were hoping that the frigid temperatures and snow would at least mean a short winter, no such luck. The Winter Forecast predicts that the stormy conditions will continue through the official start of spring. In fact, the Farmers' Almanac is red-flagging March 20 through 23 as the dates for a big storm along the East Coast. No matter what Punxsutawney Phil sees in February, the Farmers' Almanac is betting we're in for a long winter.

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