I drop off my daughter at 6:30 AM and until very recently, it was light outside. Today, it was pitch black. This can mean only one thing: the days are getting much shorter and cold weather is on its way.

Usually by this time, we've seen some frigid temps but even today was topping 80 degrees.

So, what's this winter going to be like? Well, I consulted the 2016-2017 Farmer's Almanac. Here's the synopsis:

Winter will be warmer than normal, with slightly below-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-January, from late January into early February, and in late February. Snowfall will be above normal in the east and below normal in the west, with the snowiest periods in late January and early to mid-February.

Ever wonder who gets up at 4 a.m. to gather school closings and distribute them online, via text and on the radio? Well, that's ME. And as the person who does school closings, I can wholeheartedly say that I'm ecstatic we'll be having a mild winter!

And, if you want a more in-depth look at what the weather will be like this winter, you can buy the full 2016-2017 Farmer's Almanac right here!