Winter 2018/2019 – Here’s What the Old Farmer’s Almanac is Predicting

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Winter 2018/19 across the US according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Guess what? It will snow this winter, we can promise you that. Yay! But what we all want to know is, how much? Well, the Old Farmer’s Almanac (not to be confused with the Farmer’s Almanac) has just released their long-range winter weather forecast for the 2018/19 season. Similar to the NOAA forecast recently released, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for an El Niño season to bring warmer temperatures across most of North America this winter.

Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south, with the snowiest periods in late November, late December, early and late January, mid- to late February, and early March. April and May will have temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south and will be slightly drier than normal.

At first look, it doesn’t seem like the best news, although it is important not to put too much faith in the forecast – even if they boast an “80-percent success rate since 1792.” Winter is still months away, so anything can change between now and then. Let’s take a look at individual areas…

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An NOAA map showing the predicted El Niño season. Credit: NOAA

The Northeast

Winter will be milder than normal, on average, with above-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will occur from late December into mid-January and late January into early February and in mid to late February. The snowiest periods will be in early January, early to mid-February, mid-March, and early April. April and May will be rainier than normal, with below-normal temperatures.

The Intermountain Region

Winter temperatures and precipitation will be above normal, on average, with the coldest periods in late December, early January, and early February. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south, with the snowiest periods in late November, late December, early and late January, mid to late February, and early March. April and May will have temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south and will be slightly drier than normal.

The Pacific Northwest

Winter will be warmer and much rainier than normal, with below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will occur in early and late December, early January, and mid and late February, with the snowiest periods in early January and mid-February. April and May will be warmer and drier than normal.

The Upper Midwest Winter Weather Forecast

Winter will be slightly milder and drier than normal, with snowfall near to below normal. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-December, from later December into January, and from late January into February. The snowiest periods will be in mid and late November, early and mid-December, and early and late March. April and May will be slightly cooler and rainier than normal.

Alaska Winter Weather Forecast

Winter temperatures will be milder than normal, with the coldest periods in mid-January and early February. Precipitation will be above normal in the north, and below normal in the south, while snowfall will be near to below normal. The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-November and mid to late December. April and May will be warmer than normal, with slightly-above-normal precipitation.

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How’s Canada looking? Credit: Old Farmer’s Almanac

If you’ve been on the fence about upping and moving north of the border, this year might be the year to do it. Canada is predicted to have a colder than average winter with higher than average snowfall.

Southern Quebec, Canada

Winter will be snowier than normal in most locations, with above-normal precipitation and slightly below-normal temperatures. The coldest periods will be from late December into the first half of January and in late January and early and mid-February, with the snowiest periods in early December, late February, and mid-March. April and May will be rainier and slightly cooler than normal.

The Praries, Canada

Winter temperatures will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall The coldest periods will occur in mid- to late December, early January, and mid- to late January, with the snowiest periods in early to mid-December, mid- and late January,with the snowiest periods in early to mid-December, mid- and late January, late February, and mid- to late April. April and ay will be cooler and rainier than normal.

Southern British Columbia, Canada

Winter will have near-normal temperatures on average, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late December, early January, and late February, with the snowiest periods in early to mid January and late February. April and May will have below-normal temperatures with above-normal precipitation.

Having looked at all that, how much do we even care? It will snow, we know that, so we will ride, we will have powder days, and we will have fun with friends and family. Does it matter if we get record breaking snow, or faceshots all winter long? If we think that it’s going to be a poor winter, we’ll be pissed, if a good winter is forecast and it’s wrong, we’ll be pissed. We’re looking forward to putting our gear on again and sliding down a snowy mountain at high speed. No weather forecast can take that away from us.


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10 thoughts on “Winter 2018/2019 – Here’s What the Old Farmer’s Almanac is Predicting

  1. And don’t forget about the ‘wooly-bears’ Or wooly-worms, as some people calls them…If their coats are dark and thick, a hard winter. But if they are a lighter color and not as thick, a milder one!

  2. it is a sham to see the almanac siding with the globalist fear mongers. I have lived in Oklahoma since birth and I use to be able to trust the almanac but not now. The way this winter of 2018/2019 is starting to stack up shows that we will see a wetter than normal winter that could lead to some snow but I feel that we might be in for some bad ice storms during the winter, Our currant moisture is above normal and we are seeing a cold front that is really dropping the mercury early. But what do I know I just live hear and I did not go to school to get my brain programed by the globalist fear mongers.

    1. “I just live hear” should read; I just live here. It’s true you did’n t “go to school to get my brain programed by the globalist fear mongers.” You didn’t get it program by a English teacher either.
      (programmed)

      If you could spell someone would better understand what you were trying to say. hear; programed ; WHAT?

        1. Ben, let it be. If he was a professional it may be a different story, but he’s simply (very simply) trying to tell what he’s read. Don’t be so critical, and next time it’s “Rowdy” not rowdy! See, you make mistakes too!

    1. There should be a comma after “errors” and there shouldn’t be a comma after “millennial”. Nice try, though. Ironic, isn’t it?

  3. Why can’t people just be nice! Don’t be someone else’s “comment police” English is not the first language of a lot of people so be more tolerant. Don’t correct someone else when it isn’t your business to do so, and most likely isn’t appreciated. If everyone would just be kind, our world would be much better!

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