2016-2017 long range weather Forecast for U.S. and Canada

Including Winter Forecast 2016-2017

December 11, 2016
Long-Range Forecast 2017 U.S. Map

The 2016-2017 long range weather weather forecast summary for the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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General long range weather 2017

Get ready for a shift from last year!  For the winter of 2016–2017, we expect temperatures to be much colder than last winter but still above normal. Winter 2017 will also feature below-normal snowfall overall; the snowy exception is the northern tier of the U.S., which can expect to be blanketed in white.

  • Winter will be colder in much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Exceptions will be in a swatch from North Dakota to Maine, which will have below-normal temperatures. Most of the Pacific states will have below-normal temperatures, with above-normal temperatures in the Intermountain region and Desert Southwest.
  • Snowfall will be above normal from southern New England and western New York southward through the Appalachians, but not in northern New England. Snowfall will also be above what’s typical from eastern Minnesota to the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan and southward to St. Louis, Missouri; and from central North Dakota westward to the Pacific. We expect below-normal snowfall in most other places that normally receive snow.
  • Precipitation will be below normal across most of the southern two-thirds of the nation. However, precipitation will be above normal in the North, with the primary exceptions being above-normal rainfall in northern California, southern Oregon, portions of the western Lower Lakes region, and Florida. With rainfall below normal in most of California, the drought there will continue.
  • In Canada, brace for more snow and colder-than-average temperatures throughout most parts of the country. The exceptions to the winter of white will be Manitoba, portions of Saskatchewan, and northern sections across the land. While snowfall will generally be below normal in these areas, temperatures will remain chilly


Keep in mind that The Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions are made well in advance. The forecasts are meant to give readers a general sense of what kind of winter is expected, compared to past winters.

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Wedding in NY

Hi, I would like to know how the weather is gonna be in long Island NY, december 9th, any snow or rain? We would be attending a wedding, thanks!

Home construction/weather

When will the 17-18 winter forecast be out for the Pacific Northwest? We need to get a house built but schedules are putting us into the winter months. Wondering what this winter is expected to be like.

long-range weather 17-18

The Editors's picture

Hi Stacey, Our winter 2017-2018 long-range forecasts will be published in The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac which will be published in August, 2017. Stay tuned!

West Virginia snow for 2017

Wondering what kind of snowfall is being predicted for WV (Snowshoe area) for December 2017. The last two Decembers have not had much snowfall. Like to know if there might be some early snow this year for the Snowshoe skiing area.

Snowshoe WV in Dec

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It’s too early to release details, Diana, but there are indications that there will be flurries off and on in this area in Dec 2017, but when the flurries are “off,” rain showers may be “on.” The big picture is above-normal winter temps, with slightly above-normal precip and below-normal snowfall.


Will Florida get anymore "cold fronts" this year?

Hottest Summer

I think 2016 was hotter than 2015. Do you agree?

March 26, 2017

What will the weather be in New Kent, VA
Match 26, 2017 2pm-7pm

New Kent, VA forecast

The Editors's picture

Sylvia, You can get your answer here: http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange .

Put in the name of your town or its zip code. Or check the map, see what region New Kent is in (notice that Virginia is part of four regions). Choose the one for New Kent, and scroll down and click on the city nearest you in that region.

You can get the seven-day forecast here, by putting in your zip code: http://www.almanac.com/weather/forecast/TN/Lexington

I thought the forecast was

I thought the forecast was supposed to be "frigid" in the south this winter. That's What your map said before. It's been 60s and 70s almost all winter. I want the cold weather back! I hope were just having a really delayed winter and that March will be freezing

West Tennessee on May 13th, 2017

What will the weather be like in northwest Tennessee on May 13th, 2017? Thanks!

weather in okla city Week of Mar. 4, 3017

weather in okla. city for first full week of March please. Disabled, flying commercial, from Baltimore for trauma surgeon appts.

Texas weather

Weather for San Antonio, TX for month of March. Thank you


What will be the weather for louisiana for march 19th 2017

Weather in East Bernard on 1/28/17

Having my kiddos 5th birthday party outside does anyone know the extended forecast in south east Texas for January 28 2017

Birthday weather

The Editors's picture

You can find our forecast for the region you reference (and everywhere else we forecast) here, Charlene: http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange


I'm willing to bet the weather for April, May and June will probably be cold and wet for the Northeastern part of the United States this year.

Weather in Philadelphia

Hi, Can you tell me the weather forecast for Philadelphia on January 22 so I can make some big travel plans. Many thanks!

Phillie, here you come!

The Editors's picture

More, You can get the forecast for Philadelphia on Jan 22 (and everywhere else we forecast) here: http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange

Have a cheese steak for us ;-)


Can you please tell me what the weather forecast is for Anaheim, CA the last week of June? Thank you!

Anaheim in June

The Editors's picture

CDee, California is pretty nice all the time, and the last week of June it should be as good as it gets, with sun, hot to seasonable temps as the week progresses, with the with the chance of sprinkles in the mornings. As the year progresses, you can check the forecasts for that region (and all the we forecast) here: http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange


February weather in St. Louis MO

Could you tell me what the weather will be in St. Louis, MO in the beginning of February. We are traveling there to visit family.
Thank you.

St. Louis in Feb

The Editors's picture

Hi, Linda, You can find the Jan and Feb weather for St. Louis (and every other place we forecast) here: http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange

Safe travels!

My Prediction

The big snow storm will hit the northeastern corridor by January 5 and 6 falls on a Thursday and Friday.

Orlando FL vacation in 02Mar17

Can you tell me what the weather is predicted to be like week of 02Mar through 06Mar 2017?

2017 March wedding weather

What will the weather be like the weekend of March 18th 2017?

Weather in March

The Editors's picture

Can you tell us where you live? Happy to answer with that information.

Shawnee, KS

What do you think the weather will be in Shawnee KS The first week of June 2017?