Get ready for another chilly season.
sun shining through forest covered with snow
Credit: The Ingalls

Bundle up! While we're still reveling in the last few weeks of summer, temperatures will soon drop drastically and we'll all be reaching for our coziest parkas. The Farmers' Almanac released their predictions for winter 2020, and we're getting goosebumps just reading about it. They forecast that "the worst of the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians." They even went so far as to nickname this coming winter a "polar coaster" due to the fluctuating dramatic temperatures.

Folks in the Northeast can expect a cold, "wintry mix" and the mid-Atlantic coast will be "frosty, wet, and white." Southeast residents will be living through a "brisk and wet" climate. The Great Plains will be frigid and snowy, according to the Almanac, and their neighbors in the Great Lakes, plus West Virginia and Kentucky, will experience a frozen, snowy season. The Pacific Northwest and Southwest should see near-normal precipitation, compared to the eastern third of the country which will have above-normal winter precipitation.

The Farmers' Almanac predicts that we won't see any hard-hitting precipitation until January, which could include "copious amounts of snow, rain, sleet, and ice" depending on where you live. A large storm could produce "hefty snows" for the Great Plains in the third week of January, resulting in plummeting temperatures "[dragging] the coldest Arctic air across the rest of the country into the beginning of February."

And there's no end in sight—The Farmers' Almanac predicts that the frigid temperatures and wet snow could last until April in certain parts of the country.


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