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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 13° (3° below avg.); precipitation 1.5" (0.5" above avg.); Dec 1-10: Snow showers, very cold; Dec 11-21: Flurries, mild; Dec 22-31: Snowstorm, then flurries, very cold.
JANUARY 2018: temperature 21° (8° above avg.); precipitation 0.5" (0.5" below avg.); Jan 1-4: Sunny, cold; Jan 5-11: Sunny, quite mild; Jan 12-18: Snow showers, mild; Jan 19-26: Snow showers; cold, then mild; Jan 27-31: Sunny, mild.
Annual Weather Summary: November 2017 to October 2018
Winter will be warmer than normal, with the coldest periods in late November, early and late December, early January, and early February. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal, with the snowiest periods in mid- to late December and early to mid-February. April and May will be cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation. Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal precipitation. The hottest periods will be in late June, late July, and early to mid-August. September and October will be warmer and slightly drier than normal.
About the Upper Midwest Region
The Upper Midwest long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: MICHIGAN (Alpena, Escanaba, Marquette, Menominee, Traverse City), MINNESOTA (Bloomington, Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, Saint Paul), NORTH DAKOTA (Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Wahpeton, West Fargo), SOUTH DAKOTA (Aberdeen, Brookings, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Watertown), WISCONSIN (Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh).