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How to Read Long Range Weather Forecasts
Our long-range forecasts show weather trends in temperatures and precipitation. For example, will the winter be colder or warmer than average? Will there be more or less snow than what's typical for your area? Our famous predictions (traditionally 80% accurate) are made 18 months in advance, and meant to help you make more informed decisions for long-term planning.
Here on Almanac.com, we provide free long-range forecasts for the next 30 to 60 days covering U.S. and Canadian regions. Find all 12 months of predictions in the annual Old Farmer's Almanac.
Free 2-Month Weather Forecast
DECEMBER 2017: temperature 3° N, 33° S (10° above avg. N, 2° above S); precipitation 0.2" N, 5" S (avg.); Dec 1-5: Snow showers, mild; Dec 6-8: Snowstorm P; flurries, cold EW. 9-18 Clear, mild N+C; flurries, cold S. 19-22 Clear; cold N, mild S. 23-31 Snowy periods, turning very mild.
JANUARY 2018: temperature -14° N, 27° S (2° below avg.); precipitation 0.2" N, 5" S (avg.); Jan 1-3: Clear, mild; Jan 4-17: Snowy periods S, flurries EW; cold; Jan 18-26: Snowy periods, mild; Jan 27-31: Flurries, mild.
Annual Weather Summary: November 2017 to October 2018
Winter season temperatures will be milder than normal, with the coldest periods in early to mid-January and early February. Precipitation will be above normal N (see Key below) and near normal S, while snowfall will be above normal C and below normal N and S. The snowiest periods will be in late November, early to mid-December, and late March. April and May will be warmer than normal, with slightly above normal precipitation. Summer will be cooler and a bit rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in early July and mid-August. September and October will be warmer than normal, with above-normal precipitation N and below-normal S.
Key: Panhandle (P), Aleutians (A), north (N), central (C), south (S), west-central (WC), east-central (EC), south-central (SC), northwest (NW), southeast (SE), elsewhere (EW)
About the Alaska Region
The Alaska long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: ALASKA (Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kenai, Wasilla).
Alaska Neighboring Regions
Here are the regions that neighbor the Alaska long range weather region: