As it begins to get colder we’re all bracing ourselves for the impending winter months but what could be in store? Apparently, this winter is going to be one to remember.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts how each winter will play out every year and this year the predictions are bit chillier than usual. Between 2019 and 2020 this winter is going to be quite the ‘doozie.’ If you don’t own a pair of snow boots or haven’t dug your big coat out this year, now might be the best time to do-so.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac touts itself as being at least eighty percent accurate, and we’re hoping this year they will have made some mistakes. While a little snow is great, the OFA has predicted no less than at least seven snowstorms to come. Both the US and Canada are expected to see some extreme snow and for some quite the mess in regards to ‘sludge.’
In the U.S., this winter will be remembered for strong storms bringing a steady roofbeat of heavy rain and sleet, not to mention piles of snow. The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for frequent snow events—from flurries to no fewer than seven big snowstorms from coast to coast, including two in April for the Intermountain region west of the Rockies.
This snow-verload will include storms pummeling Washington state and points eastward across the northern-tier states into Michigan. For the normally rain-soaked Northwest, this could mean a repeat of last winter’s record-breaking extremes, including the Snowpocalypse that dumped 20.2 inches on Seattle in February.
The middle of the country and New England can bank on a slush fund, as “more wet than white” conditions will leave sludgy messes that freeze during the overnights. Meanwhile, much of the Deep South will be saturated by soakers. As winter rages, the tip of the nice-berg will be Florida, the Gulf Coast, and Texas, which will bask in pleasant weather.
In Canada, expect a season full of snow, snow, and more snow. And more snow. Nearly all of Canada should expect above-average precipitation this winter, much of it falling as snow. No fewer than eight major snowstorms are predicted, including a series of significant snow events from mid- to late January in Atlantic Canada and Southern Ontario.
While parts of Quebec, the southern portions of Alberta, and British Columbia will be spared the worst of the winter snows, they won’t be entirely off the hook: These areas should expect rain, freezing rain, and sleet throughout the season.
In some parts of the country, the snows will stretch into spring. Southern Quebec should prepare for snow showers into mid-March, while the Prairies won’t experience winter’s last hurrah until early April.
They noted that in the US we should be prepared to shiver with ‘below-normal winter temperatures’ and that in itself sets the mood for something most are not prepared for. With the idea that ‘fridged and frosty’ conditions could last well into spring, many people are quite unhappy with their predictions. The 2020 version of OFA is quite concerning in this manner and makes us wonder if the winter we’re about to face could actually be ‘never-ending.’
How do you think all of this will play out? I for one can’t wait to see. Sure, I was tired of the heat but too cold is not for me either.