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Old Farmer’s Almanac on 2014-15 Appalachian Winter: Colder Than Normal, Less Snowfall Than Normal

By Jesse Wood

Aug. 22, 2014. While Ray’s Weather Center has yet to produce its annual Fearless Forecast and the Woolly Worm Festival is still a couple months away, the latest edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a “colder than normal” winter for the Appalachians.

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While some regions in the country such as the Ohio Valley are forecasted by the almanac to have more snow than normal, causing media outlets across the nation to script headlines calling for a harsh or rough winter, the Appalachian region is predicted by the Old Farmer’s Almanac to have a “slightly below normal precipitation and snowfall.”

“The coldest periods will occur in early to mid-December, from late December into early January, and in mid- and late January. The snowiest periods will occur in mid-December and early February,” the almanac reads. “April and May will be warmer and drier than normal.”

Cold and snowy? That sounds about right for the High Country.

To see forecasts for various regions in the country, click here.