Farmers' Almanac Predicts 'Polar Coaster' This Winter

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Get ready for a cold and snowy winter. The 2020 Farmers' Almanac is predicting another winter of below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation for most of the country. The annual Almanac, which has been published every year since 1818, is warning of a "Polar Coaster Winter" with the temperatures plummeting in January and multiple storms bringing heavy snowfall across the country.

"This may mean frequent freefalling precipitation as well as strong and gusty winds. January 4-7 and 12-15 could, depending on where you live, mean copious amounts of snow, rain, sleet, and ice," the Almanac warns.

The bad weather will continue for most of the month and bring cold arctic air that will keep the temperatures low as the calendar turns to February.

"And for those who live Northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes, watch out for what could prove to be a memorable storm producing hefty snows for the Great Plains during the third week of January. This system will cause temperatures to plummet and drag the coldest Arctic air across the rest of the country into the beginning of February."

The Almanac is predicting that on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow. It warns that people in the Northeast might see the frigid temperatures last until April.

While two-thirds of the country will be dealing with a rough winter, people living west of the Rocky Mountains can expect relatively normal weather throughout the winter.

"We expect yet another wild ride this winter, with extreme temperature swings and hefty snowfalls," Pete Geiger, editor of the Almanac said.

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