I wake up at about 5 a.m. and up until very recently, it was light outside when I opened my eyes. Today, it was getting darker. This can mean only one thing: we are on the downswing of summer and cold weather isn't far behind.

This summer has been pretty mild. We had our really hot days but this August has been less than triple digits which is just fine for the bulk of the population.

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So, what's this winter going to be like? Well, I consulted the 2020-21 Farmer's Almanac. Here's the synopsis:

Winter 2020-21 For the Nation

If you were hoping for a reprieve from harsh winter weather this year, we have some news that just might make you smile. We’re predicting a light winter for most of us here in the United States, with warmer-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for a large part of the country.

On the precipitation side of things, expect “wet” to be a wintertime constant, with rain or average to below-average snowfall to be the standard throughout most of the country.

Winter 2020-21 For the Ohio River Valley

WILL IT BE A SNOWY WINTER?

In the Ohio Valley (Pittsburgh; Southern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois; Kentucky, West Virginia), snowfall and precipitation will be below normal in most areas. The snowiest periods will be early and mid-December and early to mid-March.

WILL WE HAVE AN ESPECIALLY COLD WINTER?

Winter temperatures will be much warmer than what’s typical, despite some cold periods in early and mid-December, from late December into early January, and in late January.

Ever wonder who gets up at 4 a.m. to gather school closings and distributes them online, via app notifications 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! Looking back, I don't think we had much snow at all last winter but it was warmer. But, it is weather - no one can truly know what it will do!

 

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