Farmers’ Almanac Warns: More Teeth-Chattering Cold Ahead as the Official Start of Winter Arrives This Week
Lewiston, ME: Believe it or not winter officially arrives on Friday, December 21, 2018, at 5:23 p.m. EST. This date is known as the winter solstice which, astronomically speaking, is the moment when the Sun reaches its southernmost extreme in the sky and marks the official change of seasons. But for many, winter felt like it started months ago as snowfall and frosty temperatures made their early debut in October.
Sneak peeks of wintry conditions hit the Rocky Mountains, northern Plains, Great Lakes, and northern New England in October, November, and early December. Significant snows and cold, wintry-like temperatures arrived in some unlikely places, such as the central and southern Plains, the Texas Panhandle, and parts of the Southeast, which saw chilly temps and feet of snow that snarled traffic and caused widespread power outages on December 9th.
“The cold temperatures are just beginning,” states Editor Peter Geiger, Philom., adding, “while some naysayers tried to throw ice water on our ‘teeth-chattering-cold’ winter forecast, Mother Nature seems to be hard at work ensuring that our predictions are accurate.”
According to the official winter outlook from the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac, released in August, the real frigid temperatures don’t arrive until mid-February, especially in the Northeast/New England, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Southeast regions. But that doesn’t mean Old Man Winter won’t make his presence known before that.
Snow, Snow, and More Snow
But what’s really on everyone’s mind is the snow, the real star of the winter show. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting lots of it, especially for the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England, with the majority of it falling in January and February. A stormier-than-normal March could push snowfall totals to above normal over the northern and central Rockies and Plains.
Farmers’ Almanac also forecasts an unusually snowy and/or wet winter across the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic States; in these regions, the thermometer will be hovering just above or just below the freezing mark, which means some of the precipitation may fall as either ice or rain/freezing rain.
Significant snowfalls are also predicted for parts of all 7 of our zones (check out what we’re predicting for your zone here.).
For more specific forecasts for your neck of the woods, be sure to check out FarmersAlmanac.com or pick up your copy of the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac now on sale everywhere.