Will This Winter be Worse Than Last Year?

Will This Winter be Worse Than Last Year?

Morgan S., Editor

After studying the Farmers’ Almanac for about an hour I have concluded that it is quite likely that this winter will be just as bad as last year, maybe worse. If you do believe in the Farmer’s Almanac, you can look forward to a “frozen, snowy” winter, with more snow than usual in Illinois this coming year. It is being predicted that we can expect above average precipitation this winter. Also, if you do hate the winter months, I’m truly sorry because they aren’t going away. The Almanac is saying that we will have a very late winter. Occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly conditions will hang on until April. It is expected that the coldest temperatures can be expected late January into early February. The 2019-20 winter outlook published in the Farmers’ Almanac, which says it bases its long-range forecasts on a “mathematical and astronomical formula” developed in 1818, indicates “freefalling, frigid” temperatures will likely take hold “from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”

Now, let us step away from the future and focus on what is happening now….

Over the next 72 hours (October 30- November 1) it has been predicted that we could see anywhere from 4-6 inches. So, it is expected to be a very cold Halloween. Maybe everyone should just dress up as eskimos, idk. There is a winter weather advisory in effect until 4pm today, which was put into effect by the national weather service. It says to plan on slippery road conditions. Also, be aware that heavy wet snow on trees with leaves may cause branches to break and fall, possibly causing power outages. Temperatures for Trick or Treating are as follows:


5pm- Temp 30-34 degrees with a wind chill of around 20 degrees

7pm- Temp 28-32 degrees with a wind chill of 19-24 degrees 

9pm- Temp 23-26 degrees with a wind chill of 15-18 degrees