LEWISTON, MAINE (WJON News) -- The Farmers' Almanac is out with its 2023-2024 Winter Outlook and it's calling for a traditional winter to return.

Here in the North Central U.S., the Farmers' Almanac says we should expect typically cold temperatures with average snowfall. However, many climatologists are suggesting that the midwest will be warmer and dryer than normal because of a strong El Nino event.

The publication is predicting winter to get off to an early start and last well into spring. While winter officially starts on December 21st, the Farmers' Almanac is predicting that December will start out quite stormy with the extended forecast calling for some blizzard conditions with blowing snow.

Coupled with El Nino conditions, the formula from the Farmers' Almanac is predicting colder than average temperatures with lots of snowstorms, sleet, ice, and even rain for much of the Midwest and Great Lakes area of the country.

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