Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018

Winter Weather Predictions from The Old Farmer's Almanac

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Will this winter be wicked or wonderful? Read the Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018 here to find out!

Are you ready for the first day of winter? Order your copy of The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac to see how the weather will be in your region—in winter, spring, summer, and fall!

Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018: United States

OFA Winter Weather 2017-2018 USA
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Colder—But Not Colder Than Usual

This winter is forecast to be much colder than last year’s, but—just like last winter—not colder than usual. In fact, a large part of the northern United States will experience milder-than-average temperatures (though we would still recommend having your long underwear on-hand), while much of the South and West can expect to feel cooler than normal. Escaping this chill are Florida and the Southeast, where milder-than-usual temperatures will be felt.

A Wet and Snowy Winter All-Around

Precipitation will be at above-normal levels throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, Intermountain region, and from eastern Tennessee through New Mexico. Get your shovels ready! Notable exceptions to this wet winter are the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, where less precipitation than usual is expected.

Winter Weather Forecast 2017–2018: Canada

OFA Winter Weather 2017-2018 Canada

Mostly Mild…

From coast to coast, Canadians are in for a milder-than-average winter overall. (A welcome change, we think!)

…And Not So Snowy

Most of Canada will see below-normal levels of rain and snow this winter, though the southeast and northwest corners of the country are exceptions. Southeastern Ontario, Yukon, northern Labrador, and most of Quebec will see more snow than usual, while the rest of Atlantic Canada can expect above-average amounts of rain.

For more detailed weather forecasts for this winter and beyond, pick up a copy of The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac—available now!


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White Winter

Hi, do you think eastern NC will be impacted by any significant snow storms this upcoming winter?

That makes no sense at all

So you are saying British Columbia will be mild, but Washington and Oregon will be cold? That is a contradiction. I have lived in Washington for 51 years, and if we are cold, B.C. is cold too. Our cold air comes through B.C. If it is a cool but not cold NW flow pattern, then it will be quite wet, not dry. Cold and dry for Western WA implies dry arctic air through B.C., so even colder their e, and probably cold and dry east of the Cascade mountains, not snooker than normal. Really, you should put those two maps together to see how illogical and contradictory they are.


Sorry, writing from a tablet. The one sentence should read "even colder there"

borderline weather

Yes, it might seem cockeyed, Brian. But these terms are (meant to be) relative, especially in this broad context. So, “mild” in Canada refers to above normal, on average. “Cold” in Oregon and Washington refers to below-normal temps. The basis—the norms, averages—vary among these places.

2017-2018 Texas weather in Northeastern of state

I needing the weather forecast for Northeastern Texas(Paris Texas area). I'm in bad health and hoping I can get a jump on the weather

Where's Alaska's forecast, we are in USA!

Continental US and Canada are NOT the only ones that may want info. Alaska is, last I checked, still part of the USA, although more & more I feel like we are a country amount ourselves. Postal prices are bad enough now it's Farmers Almanac!


Hi Michelle, While the image in this article does not show Alaska (and Hawaii), rest assured that the actual 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac (and every Almanac) does indeed include a entire page dedicated to Alaska which has its own weather region. Here is the summary for Alaska: Winter temperatures will be milder than normal, on average; precipitation will be near normal; snowfall will be above normal in the center of the state and below normal in northern and southern areas. Also, on this Almanac Web site, you can find the current and next month of long-range weather for free, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. See this page which show a map that includes Alaska: