Farmers' Almanac's Extended Forecast 2020

Are you ready for another winter ride, full of chills and thrills?! According to the 2020 Farmers’ Almanac, this winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a “Polar Coaster.”

“Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” shares Editor Peter Geiger, Philom.

Peter Geiger - Winter Forecast 2020


The Farmers’ Almanac, which provides 16 months of weather forecasts for 7 zones in one compact book, is predicting that the worst of  the bitterly cold winter conditions will affect areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians.

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The biggest drop—with the most freefalling, frigid temperatures—is forecasted to take hold from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes.

The Northeast, including the densely populated corridor running from Washington to Boston, will experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter. 

Only the western third of the country will see near-normal winter temperatures, which means fewer shivers for them. Find out how cold it will be where you live!


According to the Farmers’ Almanac’s winter prediction, the coldest outbreak of the season should arrive during the final week of January and last through the beginning of February.

How cold? Find out how cold in the 2020 Farmers’ Almanac.


The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Great Lakes. The Pacific Northwest and Southwest should see near-normal precipitation. Want a polar coaster shirt? Get one here!

With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet—especially along the coast. Find out how much snow we’re predicting in your backyard!


The 2020 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac suggests a suspenseful start to January over the eastern half of the country. This may mean frequent freefalling precipitation as well as strong and gusty winds. January 4–7 and 12–15 could, depending on where you live, mean copious amounts of snow, rain, sleet, and ice.

And for those who live northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes, watch out for what could prove to be a memorable storm producing hefty snows for the Great Plains during the third week of January. This system will cause temperatures to plummet and drag the coldest Arctic air across the rest of the country into the beginning of February. (Learn how the Farmers’ Almanac make its predictions.)


According to our long-range outlook, 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!


Want today’s weather forecast too? We got you covered! Select the wind icon in the top right of the weather map below to track all kinds of weather forecasts and data, including tracking winter storms, snow accumulation, lightning strikes, hurricanes and more. Zoom in further and click on a city to reveal the latest weather forecasts for that city as well.

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