The Farmers’ Almanac predicts a winter season filled with lots of ice and rain for the DMV region.

As we enjoy the last of the warm days of summer, the folks at the Farmers’ Almanac are giving a flash-forward of winter. The prognosticator of prognosticators is predicting a very cold, wet, and icy winter for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We are not alone: the forecast is similar for the rest of the country. The almanac has dubbed the 2019-2020 winter season the “Polar Coaster Winter,” with freezing temperatures and snow expected across the country.

In the D.C. area, we can expect a lot of “wintry mix” storms—combinations of ice, snow, and rain. The cold temperatures and major storms aren’t expected to hit until the first couple weeks of January, with an Arctic blast forecasted in February. Expect mild but wet weather for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The weather across the U.S. will be similar to last year, with lots of snow and super-cold temperatures.

“We expect yet another wild ride this winter,” says Pete Geiger, Philom, Editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, “with extreme temperatures swings and some hefty snowfalls.”

Residents of the Northern Plains could be hit once more with deadly cold temperatures of up to -40 degrees. The Northwest and Californian regions will get a reprieve this year with normal temperatures and precipitation.

Winter snowstorm

The Farmers' Almanac was created in 1818 and uses mathematical and astronomical data to forecast the weather. Published annually, the almanac also includes human interest stories and a variety of life hacks.

Wondering how accurate its predictions are? The Farmers' Almanac has an “on the money” page on its website where it has a list of storms accurately predicted by Almanac Philoms. You can buy the 2019-2020 Farmers' Almanac in print and digital forms wherever books are sold.