Farmers’ Almanac Winter Predictions Are “Divided”
Winter 2020-21 Is All Over The Map… Literally.
The Farmers’ Almanac just shook up the weather world with its 2020-21 long-range winter forecast released earlier today.
In fact, it seems like the upcoming winter will be rather divided. (Kind of like everything else in 2020.)
Farmers’ Almanac editor, Peter Geiger explains that “the forecast for the upcoming winter looks a lot different from last year. Quite divided with some very intense cold snaps and snowfall,” states Farmers’ Almanac editor, Peter Geiger, Philom.
Everything else in between? Just “crazy.” Take a look and see what the Almanac is predicting for your region.
The Cold & Snowy Side
You’ll be stoked on a cold and snowy winter if you live in the northern part of the county.
Forecasts are calling for a cold winter with normal, to below-normal temperatures in areas from the Great Lakes and Midwest, westward through the Northern and Central Plains, and Rockies.
Everyone loves a good comeback story. Last season, the northeast didn’t see much natural snow which was a clear letdown to many skiers and riders. However, this year’s prediction is very different.
There is the possibility of a blizzard hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states during the second week of February. “This storm may bring up to 1-2 feet of snow to cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts.”
There’s also some talk about another system “clobbering” the eastern states in March, but… “what falls from the sky will depend on where you live.” (Cryptic… vague…yet, so exciting.)
The Great Lakes region will get its fair share of snow, but expect above-normal snowfall if you live in the western Dakotas, northern portions of Colorado and Utah, as well as Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and central and eastern sections of Washington and Oregon.
Eastern Ohio and Kentucky can expect a significant snowfall in the beginning of February, and the Southern Plains are on target to receive copious amounts of snow, sleet, and rain later on that same month.
The Southeastern part of the country, excluding the Tennessee Valley, will experience average precipitation levels with temperatures chillier than normal overall. Get those sweaters and parkas out of storage!
The Dry Side
Areas across the Desert Southwest, (Arizona and southern California), are predicted to experience a dry and generally mild winter. Not good news considering signs that drought conditions were beginning to ramp up in these regions at the close of the winter of 2020.
The ‘Crazy’ In-Between
Right along the Pacific Coastal Plain, from northern California and points north through western portions of Oregon and Washington, rainy and wet weather will be the rule for the winter ahead.
In New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma east into Arkansas, and Louisiana, Mother Nature will mix intervals of tranquil weather with occasional shots of cold and wintry precipitation but overall may seem to be a bit “temperamental.”
Winter’s “wild card” will be the region covering the Tennessee and lower Ohio River valleys, north and east up through New England, where we can expect a rather intense weather system. This weather system will keep the storms active, delivering a wintry mix of rainy, icy and/or snowy weather throughout the season.