The Farmers' Almanac has officially released their 2021-2022 winter forecast in our region.
By Lauren Wellbank
While the Farmers' Almanac predictions won't delight those who hate change, expect back-and-forth weather patterns across the country. For the most part, winter will be relatively normal this year. Ahead, we spoke to Sandi Duncan, philom., the managing editor of the Farmers' Almanac, to discover exactly what you need to know before Old Man Winter shows his chilly face.
Here's what to expect in the Northeast and New England
New Englanders who dread seeing snow will be particularly happy. "Average winter [temperatures] and average-to-below-average snowfalls" are predicted, notes Duncan. "Interestingly, and unlike last year, we are predicting more storms and snowfall in January in 2022 with a marked deficit in February," she adds. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a flurry on the horizon: According to Duncan, there could be a post-Valentine's Day storm that produces quite a bit of powder in this region.
Duncan says the Farmers' Almanac long-range forecasts are pointing towards a "frosty flip-flop" season—which means that the temperatures in many areas will change from warm to cold to warm to freezing to above normal (and back again!). This might mean that precipitation could fall in the form of ice and cold rain, as opposed to snow—which, depending on how much you like the frosty stuff, could be very good or very bad news.
Lauren is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com.