That means either unusually cold temperatures or lots of rain and snow. The Midwest is expected to get the latter.
The temperatures should feel close to the average this winter for the Chicago area. That is expected to create the perfect environment for heavier-than-normal precipitation, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
Last winter's third largest blizzard on record in Chicago paralyzed the city and snowed in hundreds of cars on Lake Shore Drive.
The record snowfall cost the city and sister agencies $37.3 million, according to estimates released in March. Gov. Pat Quinn requested federal assistance for the cleanup.
It's too early to tell whether a Blizzard of 2012 is on tap for Chicago, but it's at least time to remember where your shovel and ice scraper are.