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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What is the prediction for

What is the prediction for Northeastern Oklahoma winter

Hi, Rexanna, Your corner of

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Hi, Rexanna, Your corner of the world is forecast to have much warmer than normal temps, with below normal precip this winter. Here's hoping that the weather you get is the weather you want!

I know that the Southwest

I know that the Southwest (Tucson, AZ) doesn't have much snow and freezing temperature for extended periods but it is important to us if we are going to have a "wet" winter and a lot of temperatures below freezing. Can we get a "preview" please?

If it's important to you,

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If it's important to you, it's important to us! We are forecasting slightly below normal to normal temps in your area, with slightly below normal snow and precip expectations. You could see some flurries and should get some rain showers, but not to excess.

Local weather folks are

Local weather folks are saying we in the Pacific Northwest are in the midst of an el nino event and that consequently our winter will be warmer and wetter than normal. This is not consistent with what you say above about our area. Please explain

Hi, Pat, There is not much to

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Hi, Pat, There is not much to explain; we simply disagree. Like we did last year this time (and look at what did not happen). All of our forecasts, including our position on El Niño or not, are based on our methodology, which is based on solar science, climatology, and meteorology—as stated in every edition.

Thanks for sharing. Sounds

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a real winter is in store for us.

Thank YOU! for taking the

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Thank YOU! for taking the time to write. Here's hoping that the weather you get is the weather you want, Roberta!