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Old Farmer’s Almanac Says Winter 2017 Will Be Brutal In Parts Of The Country

Check out what winter may be like in your neck of the woods.

Winter always to sneak up on us. And according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, much colder temperatures are coming.

For parts of the country, getting the snow shovel and rock salt ready for the winter ahead would be a decent idea.

Here’s a look at what the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts for the various regions of the U.S.

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Photo by Phil Roeder

Northeast And Midwest

The Northeast and Midwest temps? Colder than normal. Precipitation? Above normal. Meaning snow. Above average amounts of snow.

snow shoveling photo
Photo by felicitydawn

Pacific Northwest

Flipping over to the Pacific Northwest, you’ll get a lot of rain and chilly weather.

Intermountain And Appalachia

For the Intermountain and Appalachian regions, where ski enthusiasts would like to see snow, however, the outlook is “warmer and less snowy than usual.”

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Flickr | Big Blue Ocean

South

The South is expected to have mild weather as well.

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Flickr | sianiweston

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The Formula

Now, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been around since 1792, and its secret formula is based on stuff like solar cycles, climatology and meteorology. In this high-tech age, you can take it for what it’s worth. The folks who put it together give themselves about an 80 percent rate of accuracy, though Almanac naysayers may argue with that self-reported figure.

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Flickr | crackdog

Did You Know There Are Two Farmer Almanacs Out There?

It should also be noted that there are two competing almanacs out there: the Old Farmer’s Almanac and the Farmers’ Almanac.

The latter has been around since 1818 and functions similarly to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, though the two offer different weather predictions each year. The Farmers’ Almanac, for example, predicts that winter 2016-2017 will be extremely cold throughout most of the country, save milder temperatures in the western U.S.

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Getty Images | David McNew

We suggest sticking with your local meteorologist for the most accurate prediction.

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Flickr | hans s

If the almanacs’ predictions hold true, much of the country will be hearing the “chunka chunka chunka” sound of snow trucks coming down the street at 4 a.m. soon enough.

Unless you live in Palm Springs, California, where I positively guarantee you will not see one of these:

snow shoveling photo
Photo by Massachusetts National Guard

Worries about how much Old Man Winter will cost you? We’ve got some tips and ways to save money during the colder months:

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