We can't sugarcoat this news if you don't like wintry weather:

The Farmers' Almanac is predicting the upcoming 2019-2020 winter will be cold and snowy.

In fact, they're using the words "freezing, frigid, and frosty" to describe the upcoming winter season.

The Farmers' Almanac just released their predictions for the winter, and they say it'll be colder than normal across our area. Plus, we'll have above-normal precipitation.

In short: that means it'll be cold and snowy in our area, they say.

Here are a few other highlights from this year's publication:

  • The coldest weather of the season should arrive during the final week of January through early February.
  • January could start very stormy with storms predicted in our area January 4-7 and January 12-15.
  • Also, spring is even likely to start a little later than usual. Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on for a ride that you may not be able to get off until April," they wrote.

This news can be troubling, but most meteorologists would tell you to take these long-range forecasts with a grain of salt.

"It's difficult enough to do a five-day forecast. We're really good at the day of and the next day, (and) we're better at temperature a ways out than precipitation," Dave Hennen, a senior meteorologist with CNN said in 2017 when asked about the Farmers' Almanac. "But to forecast out that far in advance ... even the science behind our long-range forecasting is sometimes not that solid."

The Farmers' Almanac has been published since 1818, and it provides long-range weather forecasts and lifestyle content.

Want to know about specific days in the winter? Well, the print edition actually gives weather summaries for all seasons and even provides forecasts in 3-day increments. Get more info on where you can purchase the Almanac by clicking here.

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