The Old Farmer's Almanac has made it's Minnesota weather predictions known for the upcoming winter of 2020-2021.

Will it be a snowy winter? Will it be an exceptionally cold winter? How bad a winter is it going to be? How early will the winter weather start? How long into 2021 will it last?

The Old Farmer's Almanac claims to have a historical accuracy rate fo about 80% when it comes to their seasonal forecasts, so let's see what they have to say.

Old Farmer's Almanac

Here's what the Old Farmer's Almanac has to say about the upcoming winter specifically  for the Upper Midwest including Minnesota, Wisconsin, the eastern Dakotas, and northern Michigan:

WILL IT BE A SNOWY WINTER?

In Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan, snowfall will be above normal. In the eastern Dakotas, snowfall will be below normal. The snowiest periods will be in late December, early and late January, late February, and early March.

WILL WE HAVE AN ESPECIALLY COLD WINTER?

Winter temperatures will be warmer than what’s average in this region. However, the coldest periods will come in December as well as late January and late February.

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HOW DOES THE ALMANAC PREDICT THE WEATHER?

The Old Farmer’s Almanac employs three scientific disciplines to make long-range predictions: solar science, the study of sunspots and other solar activity; climatology, the study of prevailing weather patterns; and meteorology, the study of the atmosphere. We predict weather trends and events by comparing solar patterns and historical weather conditions with current solar activity.

So in a nutshell, the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting above normal temperatures, with above normal precipitation -- but because of the warmer temps, we could be in for stretches of cold rain along with the the snow.

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