Farmers' Almanac Predicts Cold Winter Ahead for Midwest

Say goodbye to memories of last winter Chicago, it appears this season is going to be a bit different. 

The Farmers' Almanac released its winter weather prediction Sunday and the forecast shows the one thing Chicagoans know plenty about -- cold. 

“We believe the Midwest is going to have some cold, very cold weather and average snowfall,” said editor Peter Geiger.

The Almanac, which bases its long-range forecasts on a 200 century-old formula, predicts the upcoming winter season will also some frigid temps and snowfall of about 40 inches across the Chicago area.

“You somehow escaped last winter and you had no winter last winter so I think we’ll make up for that,” Geiger said.

According to the Almanac, snow will likely be sparse in November and December, but is predicted to pick up January and February. Dates to watch for include January 20-23 and February 12-15, which could see several inches of snow.

Though Geiger said the prediction remains cold for central parts of the country, the Chicago area likely won’t see temperatures as low as those that arrived during the “polar vortex.” 

“We talk about cold, but we don’t talk about any times when it’s going to be minus 10 or minus 20,” Geiger said. 

Last year, the Almanac predicted “exceptionally cold conditions” in the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England states.

“February is the month to really be ready for cold conditions,” Editor Peter Geiger, Philom, said in a statement. “According to our long-range outlook, many places will see downright frigid temperatures this month, some as low as 40 degrees below zero!”

But on Feb. 17, the city instead broke a 137-year-old record for warmth with a high of 62 degrees.

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