Winter will return: Farmers’ Almanac predicts cold season

WASHINGTON — If you’re tired of hot weather, let’s talk snow: The newly released 2017 Farmers’ Almanac predicts a particularly cold, wet winter for D.C., Maryland and Virginia. It also calls for a whopper of a late season storm.

“According to our long-range outlook, which we base…on a mathematical and astronomical formula, it does look like D.C. is going to be quite cold,” managing editor Sandi Duncan told WTOP.

The almanac shows that the region could get a break around the end of the year. “At the end of the year and the beginning of the new year, it’s a little bit mild. But look out for February,” Duncan said.

To test the almanac’s powers of prediction, get ready to write down some dates in the 2017 calendar:

  • The almanac calls for near-record cold in the D.C. area Feb. 8-11.
  • It predicts an intense storm Feb. 16-19 that could drop 1 to 2 feet of snow.

The almanac, which is celebrating its 200th edition, also has a prediction for November. Duncan added, “We’re calling for pleasant weather for Election Day, so that’s important.”

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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