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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KS Weather

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The forecast for June 1 through 6 calls for a few thunderstorms; cool temps, then warm.

St. Louis weather

Could you please let me know about the weather for feb 2017 in St. Louis thank you

What is the weather suppose

What is the weather suppose to be on March 2, 2017 in Maine

Weather for March 04/2017

Can you please tell me what the weather will be like on March 4th2017 in Dallas,Tx? Thank You so Much

March in Texas

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The forecast for your region March 1–9, 2017: sunny north, rain and drizzle south; mild.


If the sun is shining when it's raining, it will rain at the same time the fallowing day.

wedding weather

getting married 1-7-2017 destin Florida temp


Can you tell me the forcasred weather for New Denver B C Canada for August 21 2017.
Thank you

August Weather

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New Denver, British Columbia, is in Weather Region 5 (Southern British Columbia). For August 13-21, we are predicting “Showers, then sunny, warm.” So, we predict showers earlier in that range of dates, but sunny in the later part, such as the 21st.

If you are interested in other dates, you can order a copy of the Canadian edition of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac at:
https://store.almanac.com/product/2017-farmers-almanac?list=catalog&posi... (and select the Canadian edition).
For a digital download, you can go to:
Thank you!

Weather for January 1st 2017 for northwest Indiana

Our family is planning to have our family Christmas Jan 1, 2017, only time we all can be together

Long-range weather

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Wonderful! You can find the current and next month free, right on this long-range predictions page, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (in which we print the full year). As of this writing, you can see December 2016 and January. (2017) Happy Christmas!


Can you tell me the weather for June 16 2017 in Charlevoix MI?


NYC snowfalls for Feb 2017

Wondering if any snow predicted for either weekend of Feb 4th or Feb 11th in New York City?

New York City weather

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New York City is in Region 2. For that region, for February 1-4, we are predicting “Sunny, very cold.” For February 5-9: “Rain, then sunny.” For 10-15: “Snowstorm, then sunny, cold.” So, it sounds like the weekend of Feb 11 might have some snow, according to our predictions, although the storm might possibly occur earlier, on Friday, Feb 10, and then the weekend would be sunny.


Hi, can anyone let me know the weather for LKWD, NJ 08701 for the week of Jan 31,2017??
Its my wedding date and I would love to know!!! please let me know asap.

January weather

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Hi! January’s weather predictions are now available (the current and next month are posted online), so you can go to:


It says: “Periods of rain and snow” for January 26-31. February is not up yet, but Lakewood is in Region 2. For that region (Atlantic Corridor), we are predicting for Feb 1-4: “Sunny, very cold.” Feb 5-9: “Rain, then sunny.”

We extend to you our best wishes for a fantastic wedding, no matter what the weather!

Inaguration weather

What will inaguration weather in Washington DC and points south be like for January 20, 2017

Wash Weather and beyond

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Hi, David,

You can see the weather for Washington, D.C., and points south here: http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange

Keep coming back, as these pages update for two months on a rolling basis.

We hope this helps!

WEATHER for Lkwd NJ 08701-Jan 31, 2017

Hi, can anyone let me know the weather for LKWD, NJ 08701 for date Jan 31,2017??
Its my wedding date and I would love to know!!! please let me know asap.

Weather for Jan 31, 2017

Can anyone please let me know the weather for Jan 31,2017??????
It's my wedding date and I would love to know, thanks so much!!

Weather forecast

What will the weather be like January 13-17? Planning a wedding. Need for Alabama and North Carolina

wedding weather...or not?

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North Carolina, Jan 14–21 is expected to be a bit showery and mild, coming off of a few days of sunny, mild weather. In Alabama we’re predicting showers and warm temps for Jan 11 to 17.

Good luck!

Hi trying find out what the

Hi trying find out what the weather will be like in east Texas, on March 18, 2016

weather on March 18

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On March 13 to 19, we are forecasting scattered showers and warm temps in the Texas-Oklahoma region (we do not have separate forecasts for parts of Texas).

Surprise family trip from NY

Surprise family trip from NY to Disney World week of Jan 15....No idea if we should pack bathing suits and tee shirts or sweatshirts and jeans. Please help and Thank You

Florida in January

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We are predicting isolated thunderstorms and warm temps for the week of Jan 15. The average monthly temp is expected to be 65°F—about 30 degrees warmer than we are predicting for New York in January. Bring everything: You never know what you may need.

Hi. I was wondering if you

Hi. I was wondering if you could tell me what the weather is looking like for October 2017 for wedding? We can't decide between the 7th or 14th. Thanks!

Hi. The October 2017 weather

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Hi. The October 2017 weather depends on where you live.  That said, at over a year out,  I’d be concerned at long-range predictions with just a one-week range.

Find more information in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac–available in print or (instant) digital edition or find just a digital copy of the long-range predictions.

What is the weather going to

What is the weather going to be for my wedding on May 15,2017 in East Tenn?
Thank you

October 2017 weather

Planning on getting married in Huntington, NY on Long Island in October 2017 (possibly October 27th to be exact). Any predictions for weather this time of year?