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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chemtrails and geoengineering effect future weather predictions

how will they affect weather patterns and future weather predictions

Southern calif winter forcast

Can u tell me what the forecast is going to be for southern calif?

getting married Feb 2018 in Long Island NY

is it going to be snowy for/around my wedding? i hope not

According to the Farmers

According to the Farmers Almanac it appears to be mild & wet - rain rain go away


Will Jackson, Tn, 38305, get snow for December, 2017? I love it for Christmas!

Weather in Middle Tennessee

Will Nashville and the surrounding city's close to Nashville get some big snows in 2017 and 2018? Last winter we did not even feel like it was winter :( As an avid snow lover I truly would love to see at least 3 big snows!!

I hope Jackson Tn gets snow

I hope Jackson Tn gets snow for Christmas, 2017.

Leaving. Saugerties ny. Heading back to Fla jan 4th 2018 what. W

Leaving. Saugerties ny jan4. 2018 going back to Florida. What will weather be like traveling down to Florida

Leaving. Saugerties ny. Heading back to Fla jan 4th 2018 what. W

Leaving. Saugerties ny jan4. 2018 going back to Florida. What will weather be like traveling down to Florida

Leaving. Saugerties ny. Heading back to Fla jan 4th 2018 what. W

Leaving. Saugerties ny jan4. 2018 going back to Florida. What will weather be like traveling down to Florida

Leaving. Saugerties ny. Heading back to Fla jan 4th 2018 what. W

Leaving. Saugerties ny jan4. 2018 going back to Florida. What will weather be like traveling down to Florida

Weather 11/28/2017-12/03/2017

Can you tell me the weather prediction for the timeframe mentioned? I'm considering a
road trip from Austin to Tuscaloosa to Louisville back to Tuscaloosa and Austin during that
time. Thank you!


Is Michigan going to see a good amount of snow this year.

Northeast Tennessee

I love in Kingsport TN , will get a good snowy winter this year? I want a lot of snow, bunches!!!

Will it snow alot in Appleton wi

Or no

Conference in Last January Weather

What is predicted for Maryland/DC in last January because there have been serious snow storms the last 4 years of my conference near BWI in late January. I need to decide whether I will attend this year or pass. Tks.

Road trip

Hi we have planed to go from waldron ark to oceola mo before thanksgiving, then back home after thanksgiving, do u think we will hit bad weather

Live in the Southern California Mountains of Big Bear Lake .

Will we have a good snow this year.. we are at 7,000 ft, need water for our Lake. ?? And Ski resorts.

Weather Forecasts

We are predicting normal levels of rainfall and above-normal amounts of snow in the mountains of Southern California this winter. See our Long-Range Weather Forecasts for more info!


I live north of I20. Will we see colder temps (hopefully) and snow?

Northeast Kansas

Spoons found in all 4 seeds in our area.

Road trip

We are considering taking a road trip from Colorado to Florida in December. Will we have bad driving conditions?

Will I see bad weather for road trip

Yes u will

Winter forecast

So what's the forecast for Wellington kansas? We been having mild ones for years. I hope it gets cold enough for insects to die off this winter. An lot of snow so lakes & land soaks it up for the farmers here.

West By God Virginia

According to this map, it will be mild and wet for WV so WOO HOO FOR US!!!!!!!!!! We got CLOBBERED a few years back with so much snow I didn't think it would ever end or melt! Hallelujah!

Central Texas

I live in Abilene Texas. We had a really good winter last year. I'm disabled and can't get out often. So do I need to stock up for the just in case? Kinda don't really understand it very well.

Snowfall in CT

I live along the lower western coastline in CT(lower Fairfield county) and I was wondering how much snow you see for our area this winter. Many times we are spared the snowfall that the upper part of the state gets but get hammered if it is a coastal storm so was hoping we get spared heavy snowfall this winter.

snow in southwest arkansas

I live in a town in southwest Arkansas and is the winter going to be different this year because last winter we saw one snow day and that's it and this year y'all are saying that we could see a snowy and cold winter this year. So is it possibly that we will see more snow this year


So my question is. We will be cooler than usual but not get much snow. I was trying to figure it out. But it didn’t work......... my brain that is


in north alabama do we get alot of snow this winter

Snow in Alabama?

The northwest side and corner of Alabama is the most likely part of the state to see snow this winter, but a heavy wind could change that a bit. See the color map above for the “snow line” and click here for the forecast:

Winter 2017 - 2018

I too am not clear on the "COLDER than NORMAL" Assessment. Could this be clarified for the Texas Region from Corpus Christi TX to San Antonio TX where Hurricane Harvey decided to spend nearly a week? Please advise.

what's "normal"?

In every issue, and here we explain the references to above or below normal or average. Briefly, it is this: our forecasts emphasize temperature and precipitation deviations from averages, or normals. These are based on 30-year statistical averages prepared by government meteorological agencies and updated every 10 years. The most recent tabulations span the period 1981 through 2010.

In every issue, we also print a color weather map (on the last color page of the color section) depicting the deviations from normal for the winter and summer season; click here to see the winter map:

Based on that, you can see that the forecast is for colder than normal temps and “wet,” or above-normal precipitation—”normal” being the 30-year period cited above.

Does this help? For our forecasts of how much rain on average per month and what temperature on average per month, you need to consult the issue. You can also get two-months of forecasts here:


White Winter

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

Snow in NC?

See the map above, Trevon. North Carolina falls in the “Mild, Wet” dark green area; that means that temperatures will be above normal and rainfall will be above normal—not the conditions that support snowfall.

That does not mean you will not get a snowstorm; it means that we are not predicting any for North Carolina. You can check in here for your forecasts:

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.

That makes no sense

Well I'm here to tell you that makes perfect sense. You've never heard the expression it's to cold to snow. We see that all the time in Kansas cause it can snow around temps of 32 to even 33 . Just like hanging wet close out on a clothes line to dry in the winter it's called freeze drying but you have to leave them on line longer than you would if it was hot out and then they been on line freeze drying bring inside let them thaw and they are dry . The colder it gets less moisture . Really need to get out more and talk to your farmers in your area.

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: