Old Farmer's Almanac Releases New Winter Prediction

If the Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction rings true, the area is in for a milder winter

Good news, Chicago.

If the Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction rings true, the area is in for a milder winter.

According to the prediction for the 2019 winter season, above-normal temperatures are expected across the country, with the exception of the southwest, which could see a colder-than-normal season.

The predicted increase in temps for the Midwest and much of the U.S. comes from a decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a weak El Nino, according to the almanac.

Above-normal levels are also expected when it comes to precipitation, the forecast states.

Some of the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and part of Wisconsin, can expect to see a wet season, though the almanac notes that it expects below-normal levels of snowfall in areas that normally get snow.

A small portion of the Midwest could see snowier-than-normal conditions, however.

According to long-range forecasts from the National Weather Service as of August, October through December are expected to see above-average temperatures with normal precipitation. But the long-range predictions differ from the Farmer's Almanac on precipitation. 

According to the current National Weather Service outlook, Illinois isn't expected to see above-average precipitation, but could actually be below-average for the later winter months. 

Looks like we'll have to wait and see. 

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