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Farmers’ Almanac predicts a 'Polar Coaster' winter

J. H. Osborne • Updated Aug 27, 2019 at 11:10 AM

LEWISTON, Maine — If you didn’t like last winter, you may want to stop reading right now. The 2020 Farmers’ Almanac’s extended weather forecast is calling for a “Polar Coaster Winter” — with plenty of frigid temperatures and snow for a majority of the country.

According to a press release issued on Monday by the Farmers’ Almanac:

• “Freezing, frigid, and frosty” are the exact terms used to describe the upcoming season, especially for areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians.

• “We expect yet another wild ride this winter, with extreme temperature swings and some hefty snowfalls,” said Pete Geiger, Philom., editor.

• The coldest outbreaks in late January are forecast to affect millions of people living in the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes (remember last winter in Chicago?), with the possibility of temperatures dropping to -40 in the Plains.

• The western third of the country is forecast to see a milder ride, with near-normal winter temperatures and precipitation predicted.

• The 2020 Farmers’ Almanac also includes a recap of its spot-on “teeth-chattering” forecast for 2019 (did you know that last winter was one of the wettest winters on record?).

Snow Ahead

• 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.

• With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, the Farmers’ Almanac extended forecast forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain and sleet — especially along the coast.

Source: The Farmers’ Almanac

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