The Farmer's Almanac has predicted what the midwestern winter will be like this year, and it's looking like it's going to be a snowy one.

Winter officially begins on Tuesday, December 21st, but as per usual, you can expect snow before then.  The first snowfall usually happens in West Michigan during the first week of November, but according to the Farmer's Almanac, we will have below average precipitation and above average temperature in November.  So, maybe we won't be seeing any snow until later into the season.

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting cold periods in early and mid-december with some heavy snows coming mid-December.  And that means that we would probably have a white Christmas this year!  The cold period starting in December will last through January and after the mid-December heavy snowfall, all of January and the beginning of February will see average snowfall rates.

February will see above average temperatures and snowfall throughout the majority of the month with heavier than average snowfall happening in the final week of the month.  The heavy snowfall will continue into March with another round of heavy snows coming second week of March.  April and March in West Michigan will bring average temperatures and slightly below average precipitation.

So, overall we will have slightly above average temperatures this weekend with several cold snaps throughout the season.  And the higher temperatures and cold snaps will bring us some heavy snows for several weeks throughout the winter.

You can read more about the 2021 Long Range Weather Forecast For Lower Lakes at Almanac.com.

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