Too early to talk about winter? Maybe, since Michigan still has a good chunk of summer left and parts of the country are sweating it out with record-breaking high temperatures, but the ''cold" hard fact is the season of chill is just around the corner.

Since 1818 the Farmers' Almanac has been the 'Weather Bible' with its annual publication. The Farmers' Almanac released its extended forecast this week, and Michiganders may want to start booking those warm weather getaways now if the forecast is on point.

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When the Farmer's Almanac uses a phrase like "The Brrrr is Back", you can pretty much guarantee winter is going live up to its reputation for the 2023-2024 season. This year's report indicates that when winter officially starts on Thursday, December 21st, we will be well into a month of stormy weather across the country.

The Almanac reports that this winter will see the return of those traditionally cool temperatures and snowy weather conditions that are synonymous with that time of year across the United States.

"There are indications that an El Niño (an unusually high-water temperature off the Pacific Coast of South America), will be brewing in the latter half of 2023, lasting into the winter of 2024. If we consider that alongside our tried-and-true forecast formula, it means that cold temperatures should prevail throughout the country and bring snow, sleet, and ice."


What Does the Farmer's Almanac Predict for Winter in Michigan?

Those in the Mitten state can expect Winter 2023-2024 to be cold and stormy according to the Almanac. 

"Our extended weather forecast, which is based on a mathematical and astronomical formula, calls for below-average temperatures and lots of snowstorms, sleet, ice, rain for much of the Great Lakes and Midwest areas of the country, as well as central and northern New England, especially in January and February. (Brrr…)"

You can click here to read the Farmer's Almanac Extended Winter 2023-2024 Forecast.

Keep in mind, that there is no true science behind the predictions the almanac makes, although many rely on the forecast when planning out their year. Whatever the case, winter will officially arrive, whether we want it or not, on December 21st.

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