The upcoming winter 2016/2017 season forecast for the Upper Midwest has been released by The Old Farmer's Almanac, and it looks cold. The Old Farmer's Almanac is known for their notorious accuracy with most of their weather forecasting, and this year's forecast seems to go along with post El Nino weather patterns for our region.

Their breakdown for the upcoming winter season starts off with a warmer than normal November and an average December. By late December, temperatures will take a turn for the cold, with below normal temperatures predicted for January, February, March, and April. Late December through early February are projected to be the coldest, with temperatures the furthest below normal. A cold snap is also expected at the end of February.

What about snow? Duluth is on the line of what could be normal or higher than normal snowfall. The forecast calls for above normal snowfall east of Minneapolis, and below normal snowfall west of Minneapolis. That being said, it looks to be a slightly snowier year than normal. The snowiest times will be at the beginning and end of December, mid January, and the early and late parts of February.

The remainder of the 2017 forecast from The Old Farmer's Almanac has a mixed bag of weather in store:

  • April - Slightly below normal temperatures and normal precipitation
  • May - Significantly warmer than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
  • June - Marginally cooler than normal temperatures with significantly below normal precipitation
  • July - Slightly cooler than normal temperatures with significantly higher than normal precipitation
  • August - Slightly warmer than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
  • September - Normal temperatures with significantly higher than normal precipitation.
  • October - Below normal temperatures with above normal precipitation