The summer months, for some of us (hello from Arizona!), have been hellish. With over-110-degree temps for days on end, we’re counting down the weeks until November rolls in to cool us all down from our perpetual over-heating. But the rest of the country might not feel the same way once winter really sets in — because Farmer’s Almanac just called the impending winter months for two-thirds of the country three words that might just chill you to the bone: “freezing, frigid and frosty.”
The Farmer’s Almanac released its extended forecast, and winter looks to be a snowy, wet and wintry mess.
Let’s get the southwest out of the way; nothing’s out of the ordinary in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, as the Farmer’s Almanac predicts “cool, normal precipitation” for those states. The south — in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas — doesn’t look too bad, either, with its “chilled, average precipitation.”
But the rest of the country? Eesh.
Central U.S. is predicted to be “frigid and snowy,” impacting the following states: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.
Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan, you’re in for “frozen, snowy” conditions” — so bundle up and start stocking up on firewood now.
Southeast states Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, break out your windbreakers and raincoats because it’ll be “brisk and wet” out there this winter.
Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Delaware, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, good luck surviving a trio of “frosty, wet and white.”
Last but not least, the “cold, wintry mix” award goes to the rest of Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
The tl;dr version? “The worst of the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians,” the Farmer’s Almanac states. They also report that it’ll be coldest the final week of January and through the beginning of February. “January 4-7 and 12–15 could, depending on where you live, mean copious amounts of snow, rain, sleet, and ice,” Farmer’s Almanac states, adding that “spring will be slow to start with winter lingering across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England. Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on for a ride that you may not be able to get off until April!”
Good luck, my East Coast friends.